Guidance

Housing Benefit adjudication circulars 2012

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

Documents

A8/2012: Changes to Housing Benefit regulations to support Local Housing Allowance Consumer Price Index uprating from January 2013

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A7/2012: The Social Security (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012 No 757) and student uprating 2012/2013

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A6/2012: Court of Appeal judgment on Burnip, Trengove and Gorry

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A5/2012: New data sharing powers in the Welfare Reform Act 2012 and the Social Security (Information-sharing in relation to Welfare Services etc) Regs 2012

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

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A3/2012: Changes to contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance (ESA (C)) for claimants in GB

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A2/2012: Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit operational information, performance support and inspection in 2012/13

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A1/2012: Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit 2012/13 uprating

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Details

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

Published 1 January 2012