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Guide to Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit 2012/13


Guide to Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit 2012/13


This edition covers all the new rules across the United Kingdom and contains many practical examples and over 80 useful tables for quick reference. The Guide has a strong reputation for clear, impartial and accurate advice and is used by local councils, social landlords, advisers, tribunal members and housing professionals.


This edition has a chapter covering DWP help with mortgage interest, and has been fully revised and updated to incorporate the April 2012 up-rating. It provides answers to some of the most frequent problems and issues including:

• The local housing allowance (LHA) national caps and size limits

• How the LHA rates are set based on the bottom third of rents

• The permitting space for a non-resident carer

• The extension of the shared accommodation rate to the under 35s

• All the transitional rules associated with the changes

• The increased deduction rates for non-dependants

• The transfer of incapacity benefit claimants to ESA

• Developments in commerciality, service charges and 'exempt accommodation'

• The changing rules on persons from abroad.




Sam Lister and Martin Ward

What's inside

Chapter One: Introduction

Chapter Two: Who is eligible for HB/CTB?

Chapter Three: Occupying the home

Chapter Four: The claimant's household

Chapter Five: Making a claim

Chapter Six: Calculating HB and CTB

Chapter Seven: Eligible rent

Chapter Eight: Standard and old cases

Chapter Nine: Local housing allowances

Chapter Ten: Rent referral cases

Chapter Eleven: Eligible council tax and rates

Chapter Twelve: Applicable amounts

Chapter Thirteen: Income and capital

Chapter Fourteen: Employed earners

Chapter Fifteen: The self-employed

Chapter Sixteen: Decisions, notices and payment

Chapter Seventeen: Changes to entitlement

Chapter Eighteen: Overpayments

Chapter Nineteen: Disputes and appeals

Chapter Twenty: Migrants and recent arrivals

Chapter Twenty One: EEA nationals

Chapter Twenty Two: Students

Chapter Twenty Three: Local variations

Chapter Twenty Four: Subsidy

Chapter Twenty Five: Support for mortgage interest



Main legislation affecting HB/CTB and recent changes

Table of cases cited in guide

Overview of welfare benefits

Selected benefit rates (from April 2012)

Non-dependant categories

Rent arrears direct scheme

Qualifying age for state pension credit

Published by

CIH jointly with Shelter


Member price £21.00

Standard price £30.00



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