Reply To: Rent officer arrangements


As I understand it, RO referrals can be sent before the 52 week period has elapsed as long as you can show the RO that the previous decision would have been used in the HB assessment for a period not less than 52 weeks. Obviously the RO would also check their records for the details of the current decision.

Under the new 52 week arrangement, if it is to be treated as a change of circumstances, there is nothing that suggests a change of circumstances can not be reported in advance and a new decision requested in advance.

I know that at present all our referrals for review claims are sent anything up to 6 weeks in advance of their review date and we have had no problems in obtaining decisions.

We intend carrying on doing this under the new arrangement.