Guidance

Housing Benefit adjudication circulars 2018

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

Documents

A6/2018: Housing Benefit operational information, performance support and engagement 2018/19

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A5/2018: Verify Earnings and Pensions Alerts service

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A4/2018: Short-term specified accommodation, new LA IT functionality requirement

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A3/2018: Social Sec (Misc Amds No.4 and 5) Regs 2017, Social Sec and Child Support (Care Payments and Tenant Incentive Scheme) (Amd) Regs 2017, and Social Sec and Child Support (Reg and Insp of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016) (Cnsq Prov) Regs 2018

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A2/2018: The Universal Credit (Miscellaneous Amendments, Saving and Transitional Provision) Regulations 2018

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A1/2018: War Pensions uprating 2018/19

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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 16 January 2018
Last updated 18 May 2018 + show all updates
  1. Revised HB Circular A3/2018. There is an error in the coming into force date for the Social Security (Miscellaneous Amendments No. 4) Regulations 2017 (SI 2017/1015) given in paragraph 1. The amendments described in paragraphs 3 to 9 came into force on 17 November 2017. The other amendments contained in SI 2017/1015 which don’t affect the Housing Benefit regulations will come into force on 6 December 2018.
  2. Added Housing Benefit circular A6/2018: Housing Benefit operational information, performance support and engagement 2018/19.
  3. Add HB circular A5/2018: Verify Earnings and Pensions Alerts service.
  4. Replaced HB Circular A3/2018: The Social Security (Miscellaneous Amendments No.4) Regulations 2017, The Social Security and Child Support (Care Payments and Tenant Incentive Scheme) (Amendment) Regulations 2017, The Social Security (Miscellaneous Amendments No. 5) Regulations 2017 and The Social Security and Child Support (Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016) (Consequential Provision) Regulations 2018.
  5. Added HB Circulars A3/2018: The Universal Credit (Miscellaneous Amendments, Saving and Transitional Provision) Regulations 2018 and A4/2018: Short-term specified accommodation, new LA IT functionality requirement.
  6. Added Housing Benefit Circular A2/2018: The Universal Credit (Miscellaneous Amendments, Saving and Transitional Provision) Regulations 2018.
  7. First published.