Pensioner 52 Week Cases

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    Can anyone offer advice on this scenario:

    We have a case where HB/CTB has been in payment for a pensioner couple until January 2006. They then moved with family and therefore not liable for CTAX or Rent and so entitlement ended.

    They then moved to a new dwelling for which they would be eligible for HB/CTB at in March 2006. They have submitted a new claim for this property in May 2006.

    Would anyone agree with me that we can still take the claim back as far as the new liability (or at least to when occupancy began) under the 52 week rule regardless of the fact that HB/CTB has previously been in payment at another property with a break?



    Yes, totally.

    The rule works like this: for any day on which you are entitled to HB/CTB, there is a time limit of 12 months in which to claim it. Your claimant became entitled to HB/CTB in March 2006 and they have until March 2007 to make a claim. Whether they have ever been claimants in the past doesn’t affect it.


    Just as I thought.


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