Reply To: Break in entitlement


‘I am on the side of a ‘closed period supersession’ that allows a continuing award of HB to take a short break in its stride’-Peter Barker

I very much share that view, Peter, but am ever fearful of the auditor who does not take such a pragmatic view and qualifies our final claim, with all the implications such as a subsidy withhold, because HB legislation does not, either at primary level or in regulations, specifically provide for such an interpretation.
So we appear to be stuck with the situation that an existing HB claimant will need to make a new claim if entitlement ends because of an odd week’s income fluctuation ( eg. overtime worked out of the blue), a rent free week or following a period of an Extended Payment resulting from a return to paid employment, each of which would consequently mean the claimant going on to LHA.