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Introduction to benefit rates 2016/17

This content applies to England

Figures used to calculate applicable amounts, treatment of capital, disregards and deductions relevant to a claimant for the calculation of her/his entitlement to housing benefit in the year 2016/17.

These figures come into effect as follows:

  • Friday 1 April 2016 - where rent is payable monthly or at any interval which is not a week or multiples of a week 
  • Monday 4 April 2016 - where rent is payable at intervals of a week or multiples of a week.

Detailed guidance from the Department for Work and Pensions is contained in HB Circular A13/2015 (Revised).

The benefit cap limits the total amount of benefit that working age claimants can receive. For more information see the page Benefit cap.

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