Housing Benefit for local authorities: subsidy circulars

Subsidy (S) circulars are about the money the government pays local authorities to administer Housing Benefit and other financial matters.

Housing Benefit subsidy (S) circulars give information about:

  • the money the government pays local authorities in the form of a subsidy to administer Housing Benefit
  • other financial matters for local authority staff

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.

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Other information for local authorities about Housing Benefit

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Subsidy circulars

Find HB subsidy circulars before 2011 on the National Archives website.

  1. Housing Benefit subsidy circulars 2018
  2. Housing Benefit subsidy circulars 2017
  3. Housing Benefit subsidy circulars 2016
  4. Housing Benefit subsidy circulars 2015
  5. Housing Benefit subsidy circulars 2014
  6. Housing Benefit subsidy circulars 2013
  7. Housing Benefit subsidy circulars 2012
  8. Housing Benefit subsidy circulars 2011
Published 17 October 2013
Last updated 30 March 2015 + show all updates
  1. Published HB Subsidy Circular S4/2015: Additional funding to meet the costs of implementing welfare reform changes in 2015/16.
  2. Published HB Subsidy Circular S3/2015: Fraud and Error Reduction Incentive Scheme 2015/16 funding.
  3. Added HB Subsidy Circular S1/2015: Discretionary Housing Payments government contribution for tax year 2015 to 2016.
  4. Published HB Subsidy Circular S11/2014 about Real Time Information bulk data matching initiative compensation payments for local authorities.
  5. Published HB Subsidy Circular S10/2014: Fraud and Error Reduction Incentive Scheme funding.
  6. Added circular S9/2014: Payment of New Burdens relating to the Single Fraud Investigation Service for 2014/15.
  7. Added circulars S6/2014 - Scotland and S7/2014 - Wales.
  8. First published.