Here’s an article that needs a little more exposure, especially after Saturday’s demonstrations against (among other things) the over-occupancy charge – or, as we know it, the Bedroom Tax. It seems that, according to Housing Benefit Regulations that are currently in force, if it is believed that accommodation is being overoccupied, the case MUST be referred to the Rent Officer service for a decision. If this has not taken place, but you have been docked Housing Benefit under the ‘over-occupancy’ regulations, then your Housing Benefit Officers have made a flawed and unlawful decision.
To me, it seems likely that we are looking at another cock-up of Workfare proportions and can soon look forward to another piece of retroactive legislation that will seek to legalise the mess created by ill-conceived, ill-executed nonsense that should never have been passed into law in the first place.