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HB Circular A4/2012: Housing Benefit size criteria restrictions for working age claimants in the social rented sector from 1 April 2013

Housing Benefit size criteria restrictions for working age claimants in the social rented sector from 1 April 2013.

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This circular contains details of the provisions contained in The Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2012 that were laid before Parliament on 28 June 2012.

This introduces size criteria into Housing Benefit for those in the social rented sector, which is accommodation let by a local authority, registered housing association or other registered provider. The size criteria will be used to decide the extent to which the claimant under-occupies their home so that an appropriate percentage reduction can be made through Housing Benefit.