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Housing Benefit

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Housing Benefit is one of the income related benefits listed in section 123 of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992 along with Income Support. Section 130(1) says:

  • A person is entitled to housing benefit if -

    • he is liable to make payments in respect of a dwelling in Great Britain which he occupies as his home;
    • there is an appropriate maximum housing benefit in his case; and
    • either -
      • he has no income or his income does not exceed the applicable amount; or
      • his income exceeds that amount, but only by so much that there is an amount remaining if the deduction for which subsection (3)(b) below provides is made.

HB is administered by local authorities in accordance with s134 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992.