Housing Benefit

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 20th October 2014.

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Photo of Kate Hoey Kate Hoey Labour, Vauxhall

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the effect of a claimant becoming self-employed is on awards of housing benefit.

Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The effect of starting self-employment on Housing Benefit will depend on the local authority’s assessment of the claimant’s income, or likely level of income, from the self-employment.

Guidance on how to assess self-employed income is in Chapter BW2 of the Housing Benefit Guidance Manual, specifically in paragraphs W2.310 onwards. A link is provided below.

www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/236962/hbgm-bw2-assessment-of-income.pdf

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