Today’s budget

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  • #21451
    EWA
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    … so what are these changes to HB/CTB wef October 2009 all about?

    #5292
    Jules
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    I think they are going to ignore Child Benefit in the HB/CTB assessment.

    #5293
    EWA
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    but how is that going to discourage claimants?

    #5294
    Anonymous
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    Jules – … but wouldn’t that also increase benefits for (non-working) students, those on incapacity benefit and pensioner parents?

    #5295
    jmembery
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    The BBC are reporting it as “changes to allow people to earn more before losing entitlement to Housing Benefit”

    #5296
    Anonymous
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    So an increase in disregards looks likely then.

    #5297
    jmembery
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    Look like a “Review” from the budget book itself..

    4.14 Over 4 million low-income tenants receive help with the cost of their rent through Housing Benefit (HB). The Government has made administrative and structural improvements in recent years, which has helped local authorities halve the time taken to process claims since2002. It is also continuing to test process improvements, for example through the “In and Out of Work” pilots currently being tested in six local authority areas. And the Local Housing Allowance (LHA), which replaces the current support for private sector tenancies with a flat rate allowance based on family size and area, is being introduced nationally from April 2008.

    Despite HB being available both in and out of work, it is still seen by some as a disincentive to work. Expenditure is also rising, even though the number of people claiming is forecast to remain static. As the LHA is introduced, the Government will therefore undertake a comprehensive review of the working age HB system, to look at its effectiveness, particularly in promoting work incentives, efficiency and fairness, and to ensure that it represents value for money for the taxpayer.

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    Jules
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    [quote:3d8f389d11]4.17 … disregarding Child Benefit in calculating income for Housing and Council Tax Benefit from October 2009, improving work incentives for many of the lowest paid families and boosting their incomes. A working family with one child on the lowest incomes will gain up to £17 a week from this change.[/quote:3d8f389d11]

    The above is a quote from the Budget report. According to the report this will tackle child poverty. Not sure I’m convinced it will encourage people to go back to work.

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