Reply To: landlord charges more for meals than the standard meals rate

Peter Barker

The Reg 12 test is whether it’s payable as a condition of tenancy: basically if you don’t pay it you’ll run up rent arrears. This can be contrasted with a PAYG canteen service, which would not satisfy Reg 12.

The intention is that HB subsidises the true cost of providing meals: it’s supposed to be an amount that the claimant can reasonably afford to pay, rather than amount that the landlord ought to charge. It has its origins in the pre-1988 Supplementary Benefit rates.