Guidance

Housing Benefit general information bulletins 2018

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit (HB) staff.

Documents

HB Bulletin G6/2018

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HB Bulletin G5/2018

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HB Bulletin: G4/2018

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Summary of discretionary housing payment awards

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HB Bulletin: G3/2018

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HB Bulletin: G3/2018 Appendix A: List of local authority investigation single points of contact

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HB Bulletin: G2/2018

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HB Bulletin: G1/2018

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Details

Housing Benefit (HB) bulletins provide general information, updates and reminders on HB and other areas of the Department for Work and Pensions to local authority staff.

The bulletins may have 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 23 January 2018
Last updated 18 June 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added Housing Benefit G6/2018 - Customer Information System Interest Automation, Pension Strategy Computer System uprating, further reminder: Housing Benefit Debt Recovery data returns, Decisions by the Upper Tribunal and new legislation.
  2. Added Housing Benefit G5/2018 - including LA insight survey, amendments to adjudication circulars, HB decisions by Upper Tribunal and new legislation.
  3. Added HB bulletin G4/2018 and summary of discretionary housing payment awards spreadsheet.
  4. Republished bulletin G3/2018 with corrected information about Scottish rates of income tax.
  5. We have temporarily withdrawn bulletin G3/2018 while we check the accuracy of the Scottish rate of income tax article. We plan to republish as soon as possible.
  6. Added Bulletin G3/2018 with information about the Court of Appeal benefit cap judgement; local authority insight survey; how local authorities should contact DWP; the Scottish rate of income tax; HM Courts and Tribunal Service in Scotland; a list of local authority investigation single points of contact.
  7. Added HB bulletin G2/2018.
  8. First published.