Guide to housing benefit
Author: Shelter, housing and homelessness charity BIOG
Last Updated: 17 April 2013
Publication Date: 28 June 2012
Introduction to housing benefit
What can housing benefit help with?
Who is eligible for housing benefit?
Who is not eligible for housing benefit?
What is the maximum housing benefit a claimant can receive?
How housing benefit is calculated under the local housing allowance (LHA) rules
How housing benefit is calculated under the old rules
How housing benefit is calculated - council and housing association tenants
Size of the property (the "bedroom tax")
How much housing benefit will a claimant receive?
Making a claim for housing benefit
How a claimant should fill in the claim form
Waiting for a claim to be processed
How housing benefit is paid
Housing benefit decisions
Changes the council needs to be told about
Discretionary housing payments
Challenging a decision
Making a complaint
The rules about housing benefit can be complicated and this guide is only an introduction to the law.
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