Reply To: Benefit prior to occupation


I think that in this case you cannot pay on the basis that the partner was in hospital. Reg.7(8), which contans that provision, specifically states that it is it is the claimant who must become liable while HE was a patient. Reg 2 defines claimant as ‘a person claiming housing benefit’ – this does not include their partner.
I also think from what you have written that it sounds as if the reason for the delay was because of the employment rather than the partener being hospitalised.