We currently disregard 100% of War Disablement & War Widows Pension income in the calculation of Housing Benefit entitlement. This is allowed under Section 134 (8) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992 and is mainly funded by the Government.
See the full policy below for more details.
Southampton City Council Housing Benefit War Pension Disregard Policy
This policy sets out the circumstances in which War Pensions are fully disregarded when working out a person’s income in the assessment of Housing Benefit.
2. Purpose and principles of the policy
2.1. The purpose of this policy is to:
- Ensure income is treated consistently when assessing entitlement to Housing Benefit
- Ensure that all assessments are dealt with in a fair, consistent and equal manner
- Make clear the types of pensions to be disregarded under the Housing Benefit War Pensions Disregard Policy.
3.1. The Social Security Administration Act 1992 gives the Council discretion to disregard any amount it chooses in addition to the statutory provision. The Council has taken advantage of this provision and fully disregarded income claimants receive from the War Widows (Widowers) and War Disablement Scheme.
4.1. The Council will fully disregard income from War Disablement Scheme and War Widows (Widowers) Pension when assessing entitlement to Housing Benefit.