Important Govt announcement- delay in bringing in changes in assessment for Housing Benefit and Universal Credit

Hello all, there is an announcement by Lord Freud that the Government will defer bringing in changes when assessing eligibility for Housing Benefit and Universal Credit. The Govt had originally decided that Local Housing Allowance rates would be applied to all social rents from April 2018, where tenants had signed new or re-let tenancies from 1 April 2016.This would have led to cuts in benefits for many disabled people and risked the sustainability of social housing.
Government will put in place a year-long exception for all
tenants of supported accommodation in the social sector so that this measure will only apply to
these tenancies from April 2017, rather than April 2016.

As examples, this will include refuges for
those fleeing domestic abuse, homeless provision, housing for ex-offenders, as well as supported
housing for older and disabled people. The one year exception will extend to housing co-operatives, alms houses and Community Land Trusts.

Please see the attached statement for the full detailshousingwms.pdf (78.7 KB)