Dear Comhairle nan Eilean Siar,

How many people have their housing benefit paid directly to their landlord? In last year?
What is the Council criteria for having the housing benefit element paid directly to a landlord? Eg private tenant

Yours faithfully,

John Brown

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Dear Mr Brown,

Re: help desk request (ticket ref [1]2020020327000019)

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below. 
 

How many people have their housing benefit paid directly to their
landlord? In last year?
We currently have 965 claims paid directly to Landlords and we have 140
paid to themselves.

 

What is the Council criteria for having the housing benefit element paid
directly to a
landlord? Eg private tenant
The council pays Housing Benefit direct to the landlord where the criteria
set by Housing Benefit Regulations are met. Claimants in private social
sector housing can choose to have their HB paid to themselves or their
landlord. Most other private tenants will have their HB paid only to
themselves unless they are vulnerable. For all cases where the HB is being
paid to the tenant but they are in more than 8 weeks arrears can be paid
direct to the landlord without the permission of the tenant.
 

 

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03/02/2020 02:10 - John Brown wrote:
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Dear Comhairle nan Eilean Siar,

How many people have their housing benefit paid directly to their
landlord? In
last year?
What is the Council criteria for having the housing benefit element paid
directly
to a landlord? Eg private tenant

Yours faithfully,

John Brown

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