Call for evidence on housing benefit habitual residence amendment regulations act 2014

Monday, 31 March 2014 - 2:44pm

Make sure your views and experience are heard by DWP around their changes to Housing Benefit for EEA jobseekers.

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The Department for Work & Pensions is consulting on its decision to remove access to Housing Benefit for European Economic Area (EEA) jobseekers who are entitled to income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance. This reform came into effect on 01 April 2014 and involves an amendment to Regulation 10(3B) of the Housing Benefit Regulations.

It's important that the views of homelessness services are taken into account on questions such as:

  • What impact will the legislation have on new EEA migrants to the UK, or for existing EEA migrants who lose their employment and who do not have the status of a retained worker?
  • What impact will the removal of Housing Benefit have on the likelihood of EEA migrants coming to the UK as jobseekers?
  • Is there any evidence that EEA migrants experience particular difficulties in establishing whether or not they have retained worker status for benefit purposes?  If so, what are the key issues and will the position change as a consequence of this legislation?
  • Local authorities are statutorily obliged to make help available under the Children Act 1989 and the National Assistance Act 1948.
  • How do you think the new regulations will affect the extent to which local authorities are currently required to make such an intervention, and the associated costs of doing so?

You can feed in to this consultation on the consultations page of the Social Services Advisory Committee website. You can review the relevant statutory instrument can be found here.

The closing date for responses is 30 May 2014.