housing benefit guidance

DWP's Housing Benefit guidance manual provides information for LA staff on claims processing, performance and good practice to help them provide good Housing Benefit services.

The information is regularly updated via housing adjudication circulars, which provide additional advice, guidance and information on Housing Benefit to local authority staff. 

Full list of circulars can be accessed here

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.