Housing Benefit Overpayment

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

I would be obliged if you could furnish me with the following information:

1)Legislation that shows Local Authorities can turn Housing Benefit Overpayments claw backed from ongoing Housing Benefit into rent arrears if council tenant failed to make up the HB shortfall.
2) Legislation that shows Local Authorities can raise an action for possession for 'rent arrears' due to failure of tenant to make up HB overpayment shortfall from ongoing HB deductions on rent account.
3) Legislation that outlines what constitutes a non-dependant
4) Show any legislation that covers a non-dependant deduction when that non-dependant has a mental illness that prevents working/applying for benefits.

Yours faithfully,

Ms Kerr

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Dear Ms Kerr,

Thank you for your request for information which was received on 6th June.
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Dear Ms Kerr,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 6th
June.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Thank you for your response but I feel my questions 1 & 2 have been misunderstood.
Both questions relate to HB overpayments, although you directed me to legislation the links do not answer my questions and I note your reply is based on your 'interpretation' of my questions. So I will try to be more succinct;
1) Are rent rebate overpayments classed as 'rent arrears' and if so what regulation states this?

Yours faithfully,

Kerr

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Dear Ms Kerr,

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July. Your request is being considered under the terms of the Freedom of
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