children who go into care

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    I have a request from our fraud section who have a clamant whose children were removed and put into care. Her benefit was originaly reduced from a 3 bedroom rate to 1 bedroom rate from the date the children were removed. It has now been brought to our attention that the children were only temporary placed in foster care under Section 20 of The Childrens Act and will be returning to her at some point. Therefore would this temporary change in her household still affect her LHA rate.


    I believe they can be considered part of the household for 52 weeks if their absence is only temporary and therefore they stay as dependants until that time and the LHA rate is unaltered.

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