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Housing Benefit

Housing Benefit Rules for Prisoner

You may continue to receive your entitlement or make a claim for the first time if you are sentenced or on remand.

PRISONERS & HOUSING BENEFIT REGULATIONS: While you are in prison you will be unable to claim for Housing Benefit if;

While on Remand

Single Persons - A single person on remand can claim Housing Benefit payments for up to 52 weeks while on remand, providing you are likely to return home in a year or less.

Couples - A couple can claim joint Housing Benefit for up to 52 weeks while one of you is on remand (a year or less).

If Your Child is on Remand - Your Housing Benefit payments can continue for up to 52 weeks if your child is on remand (a year or less).

While in Prison

Single Persons - If you are single and sentenced to prison, if you are likely to return home in 13 weeks or less, you can claim Housing Benefit for up to 13 weeks (including any time on remand).

Couples - You can claim joint Housing Benefit for up to 13 weeks if one of you has gone to prison and is likely to return home in 13 weeks or less (including any time on remand).

You may be able to claim the allowance if your partner goes to prison and he is the one claiming Housing Benefit. You may need to have your name added to the tenancy agreement (if not already).

If Your Child is in Prison - You should contact your local council to see if your Housing Benefit entitlement will change if your child goes to prison. For example: The amount of benefit paid is limited and depending on who is living with you if you rent from a private landlord.

Housing Benefit During Prison Sentence; UK Rules Updated 2017