Autumn Statement; main highlights for Housing Benefit

Autumn Statement: main highlights for Housing Benefit

  • Increase in the basic DHP expenditure to £40 million from 2014…to encourage Councils to make longer term awards
  • Introduce a Welfare Spending Cap to be set annually; to be reviewed at the start of each Parliament
  • Confirmation the Single Fraud Investigations Service will commence
  • Use more private debt collection agencies to collect overpayments
  • Increase pensionable age faster than previously announced

NB: the Secretary of State for Social Security also announced that Universal Credit would be postponed in full implementation for up to three years