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Housing Benefit for local authorities: adjudication circulars

Adjudication circulars (A circulars) provide updates to the Housing Benefit guidance manual for local authority staff.

Adjudication circulars provide advice, guidance and information on Housing Benefit to local authority staff. They update the Housing Benefit guidance manual.

The circulars make many references to Council Tax Benefit as this was administered by local authorities alongside Housing Benefit until March 2013. In April 2013 Council Tax Benefit was replaced by local authorities’ own council tax support and reduction schemes, removing DWP’s involvement. Readers will need to consider references to Council Tax Benefit in these documents accordingly.

For enquiries about the distribution of circulars, email: housing.correspondenceandpqs@dwp.gsi.gov.uk.

Circulars for other years

See the National Archives for circulars before 2011.

Other information for local authorities about Housing Benefit

We also publish:

Adjudication circulars 2015

  1. Housing Benefit adjudication circulars 2015

    • Guidance

Adjudication circulars 2014

  1. HB Circular A18/2014: Housing Benefit uprating for financial year 2015 to 16

    • Guidance
  2. HB Circular A17/2014: Fraud and Error Reduction Incentive Scheme: Guide for local authorities

    • Guidance
  3. HB Circular A16/2014: Real Time Information Bulk Data Matching Initiative

    • Guidance
  4. HB Circular A15/2014: Real Time Information bulk data matching initiative

    • Guidance
  5. HB Circular A14/2014: special education needs

    • Guidance
  6. HB Circular A13/2014: Discretionary Housing Payments

    • Guidance
  7. HB Circular A12/2014: Universal Credit: Change of circumstances affecting Housing Benefit

    • Guidance
  8. HB Circular A11/2014: PIP information not available using the Customer Information System

    • Guidance
  9. HB Circular A10/2014: Discretionary Housing Payment guidance 2014

    • Guidance
  10. HB Circular A9/2014: Temporary accommodation in Housing Benefit and Universal Credit

    • Guidance
  11. HB Circular A8/2014: The Housing Benefit and Universal Credit (Supported Accommodation) (Amendment) Regulations 2014

    • Guidance
  12. HB Circular A7/2014: Discretionary Housing Payments, reporting measures

    • Guidance
  13. HB Circular A6/2014: The Housing Benefit (Habitual Residence) Amendment Regulations 2014

    • Guidance
  14. HB Circular A5/2014: operational information, performance support and inspection 2014 to 2015

    • Guidance
  15. HB Circular A4/2014: R v LB Lewisham and the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

    • Guidance
  16. HB Circular A3/2014: Minimum Earnings Threshold

    • Guidance
  17. HB Circular A2/2014: The Housing Benefit (Miscellaneous Amendment) Regulations 2014

    • Guidance
  18. HB Circular A1/2014: The Housing Benefit (Transitional Provisions) (Amendment) Regulations 2014

    • Guidance

Adjudication circulars 2013

  1. HB Circular A24/2013: Uprating 2014 to 2015

    • Guidance
  2. HB Circular A23/2013: Benefit cap dual cases in different local authorities

    • Guidance
  3. HB Circular A22/2013: Adjudication and Operations Circular

    • Guidance
  4. HB Circular A21/2013: size criteria rules for disabled children and treatment of joint tenants affected by removal of the spare room subsidy

    • Guidance
  5. HB circular A20/2013: The Social Security (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No.3) Regulations 2013

    • Guidance
  6. HB circular A19/2013: The Universal Credit (Transitional Provisions) and Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2013

    • Guidance
  7. HB Circular A18/2013: Invitation to bid for DHP reserve funding for the removal of spare room subsidy

    • Guidance
  8. HB Circular A17/2013: Discretionary Housing Payments

    • Guidance
  9. HB Circular A16/2013: Accession of Croatia to the European Union

    • Guidance
  10. HB Circular A15/2013: Administration of the benefit cap

    • Guidance
  11. HB Circular A14/2013: Universal Credit: Change of circumstances affecting Housing Benefit

    • Guidance
  12. HB Circular A13/2013: Universal Credit: Change of circumstances affecting Housing Benefit

    • Guidance
  13. HB Circular A12/2013: Removal of the spare room subsidy – joint tenants

    • Guidance
  14. HB Circular A11/2013: Discretionary Housing Payments

    • Guidance
  15. HB Circular A10/2013: Size criteria for approved foster carers and parents of armed forces personnel

    • Guidance
  16. HB Circular A9/2013: Using social security data for local services

    • Guidance
  17. HB Circular A8/2013: The Universal Credit (Consequential, Supplementary, Incidental and Miscellaneous) Regulations 2013

    • Guidance
  18. HB Circular A7/2013: Operational information, performance support and inspection in 2013/14

    • Guidance
  19. HB Circular A6/2013: Personal Independence Payment

    • Guidance
  20. HB Circular A5/2013: Introduction of Armed Forces Independence Payment

    • Guidance
  21. HB Circular A4/2013: DWP change to support the abolition of Council Tax Benefit

    • Guidance
  22. HB Circular A3/2013: Using social security data for Council Tax purposes

    • Guidance
  23. HB circular A2/2013: 2013 - 14 uprating

    • Guidance
  24. HB Circular A1/2013: Transitional arrangements during the abolition of Council Tax Benefit

    • Guidance