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LAW REPORT - SEEKING GRANT CAN BE STEP TO EFFECTING REPAIR

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The queen's bench division of the high court has ruled that steps taken to effect essential repairs or alterations ...
The queen's bench division of the high court has ruled that steps taken to effect essential repairs or alterations to premises required to make them habitable could include asking for a grant or loan to pay them, for the purposes of determining whether the capital value of the premises was to be disregarded under paragraph 27 of Schedule 5 to the Housing Benefit (General) Regulations (SI 1987 No 1971), as inserted by regulation 4 of the Housing Benefit (General) Amendment No 2 Regulations (SI 1988 No 909), when considering whether a person was entitled to housing and council tax benefit.

The Times (section 2, p31) reports that Justice Scott Baker so held when allowing an application by Mr Naubat Kapur for judicial review of the decision made by Tower Hamlets Housing Benefit Review Board on July 1, 1999 refusing to alter the decision of Tower Hamlets LBC that the applicant was not entitled to housing or council tax benefit for 66 weeks from November 4, 1996.
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