The September 2012 edition of Housing News is currently being delivered to council tenants.
It has come to our attention that the Welfare Reforms article on page 4, point 3, contains a small error. It states that From April 2013 all council tenants of non-pensionable age will receive their benefit direct and will then have to pay their rent themselves. In fact only people who make a new claim for universal credit, which will replace housing benefit from October 2013, will have to pay their rent themselves out of the universal credit they will receive directly.
All tenants in receipt of housing benefit will continue to have their housing benefit paid directly to their rent account until they are migrated to universal credit. It is the Government’s intention to migrate existing housing benefit claims over to universal credit some time between October 2013 and 2017, although the date for Epping Forest District Council’s caseload to be transferred is not yet known.
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