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    Housing Benefit - 13 week protection rule?
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    • 8th Dec 11, 1:29 PM
    Housing Benefit - 13 week protection rule? 8th Dec 11 at 1:29 PM
    Hi guys, am asking a question on behalf of a friend...I know someone here will know the answer.

    She has lived in private rented accommodation for 2 years, paid the rent herself but wasn't aware during that time that she was entitled to HB and CTB.

    She applied a couple of months ago and has been awarded both benefits.

    Her letter states that her payments will drop in January because of the 13 week protection rule.

    When she called the BO she was told that this is due to her paying her rent before the claim, and having not claimed in the last 52 weeks.

    However, she wasn't given a reason for this rule being in place and the guy on the phone had no idea.

    Luckily she is very MSE and the benefits will make life easier for her, but I'm surprised at this sure it would be a trial for those who have fallen on hard times and get less money after 13 weeks.

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