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Welfare reform: update on supplementary payments to mitigate 'bedroom tax'

The Housing Benefit (Welfare Supplementary Payment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 (SR.No.35/2017) will come into force on 20 February.

They provide for welfare supplementary payments to mitigate the impact on Housing Benefit of the social sector size criteria under regulation B14(2) of the Housing Benefit Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006.

In particular the regulations:

  • make provision for welfare supplementary payments to be made to social sector claimants subject to reduced housing benefit awards as a result of the bedroom tax;
  • provide for payments to be made without a claim and to be paid four weekly in arrears;
  • provide that entitlement will cease if the person moves within the social sector and continues to under-occupy to the same or a greater extent than before, unless the move happens because the person has Management Transfer status; and
  • set out the circumstances when the Department for Communities is entitled to recover an overpayment, and the methods of recovery.

SR.No.35/2017 is available from legislation.uk

With thanks to RightsNet

Supplementary Payments can be paid to landlords

Housing Rights would like to alert advisers to section 18 of the Supplementary Payments regulations, which explains that the benefit cap supplementary payment can be paid direct to landlords, even if they are private landlords/agents, as long as they are registered: 

The Welfare Supplementary Payment (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017

More information on welfare reform issues

www.lawcentreni.org/welfare-reform.html 

Affected by welfare reform? Need advice? 

Ring Welfare Changes Helpline: 0808 802 0020

 

 

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