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Housing Benefit/Council Tax Reduction: when income is treated as being applied from

Background to the change

If you or a member of your household are/were receiving earned income, this was used in working out your Housing Benefit/Council Tax Reduction entitlement by applying it for the period when it was worked

Example

You are working between Monday 2 March 2015 to Friday 6 March 2015; you receive your pay for this work on 6 March 2015. We would treat your claim as if you had had this money from 2 March 2015 to 6 March 2015 (5 days pay).

From 9 May 2014, there was a change (due to an appeal which has been entered into case law) so earnings were applied as if it was received from the date it was paid and applied for the following period. 

Example

In the example above, we would treat your claim as if you had had this money from 7 March 2015 to 11 March (5 days pay).

What is this change?

On 9 February 2015, a change in the regulations came into effect, so that earned income is applied for the period when it was worked (in effect, returning to the way earnings were previously applied). 

Example

You are working between Monday 2 March 2015 and Friday 6 March 2015; you receive your pay for this work on 6 March 2015.  We would treat your claim as if you had had this money from 2 March 2015 to 6 March 2015 (5 days pay).