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Housing

The Welsh Government’s passported benefits, other schemes and the supporting legislation relating to housing.

Passported Benefits and Other Schemes

Council Tax Reduction Scheme

From April 2013, Council Tax Reduction Schemes replaced Council Tax Benefit, and eligible claimants were automatically transferred onto the new scheme.

Further information can be found on our Council Tax Support page.

The Residential Property Tribunal and The Leasehold Valuation Tribunal

The Residential Property Tribunal is an independent statutory body set up to consider appeals over rent levels and to fix an appropriate rent where there are disputes between landlords and tenants in the Private Rented Sector.

The Leasehold Valuation Tribunal  settles disputes between leaseholders and freeholders over the purchase price of the freehold of a house; the price payable for collective enfranchisement of the freehold of a block of flats; the price payable by a tenant of a lease flat for an extended lease; the terms of acquisition of the freehold; modern ground rents and to consider estate management schemes.

Further information can be found on the Residential Property Tribunal website (External link).

Related Legislation

Universal Credit (Consequential Amendments) Childcare, Housing and Transport (Wales) Regulations 2013

These regulations include amendments to the Housing, Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996; the Housing Act 2004; the Housing Renewal Grants Regulations 1996; the Homelessness (Wales) Regulations 2006; and the Rent Repayment Orders (Supplementary Provisions) (Wales) Regulations 2008 to include reference to Universal Credit.

The regulations came into force on 17 July 2013 and can be found on the UK Government’s Legislation website (External link).

Residential Property Tribunal Procedures and Fees (Wales) Regulations 2012

These regulations made provision to regulate the procedure to be followed for applications and appeals (jointly referred to as applications) made to a residential property tribunal and for the payment of fees in respect of certain appeals and applications to tribunals and are being amended to reflect the changes to welfare benefits.

Leasehold Valuation Tribunals (Fees) (Wales) Regulations 2004

These regulations made provision to for fees in respect of applications to, and hearings before, leasehold valuation tribunals and are being amended to reflect the changes to welfare benefits.

The Council Tax (Administration and Enforcement) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2013

These regulations amend The Council Tax (Administration and Enforcement)
Regulations 1992 that made provision about the billing, collection and enforcement of council tax to reflect the introduction of local council tax reduction schemes.

The regulations came into force on 1 April 2013 and can be found on the UK Government’s Legislation website (External link).

The Council Tax (Administration and Enforcement) (Amendment No 2) (Wales) Regulations 2013

These regulations amend The Council Tax (Administration and Enforcement)
Regulations 1992 that made provision to enable a billing authority in relation to council tax to authorise another person, or that person’s employees, (a “contractor”) to exercise functions relating to the administration and enforcement of council tax to enable billing authorities in Wales to authorise contractors to exercise additional functions relating to council tax.

The regulations came into force on 1 April 2013 and can be found on the UK Government’s Legislation website (External link).

The Local Authorities (Contracting Out of Tax Billing, Collection and Enforcement Functions) (Amendment) (Wales) Order 2013

These regulations amend the Local Authorities (Contracting Out of Tax Billing, Collection and Enforcement Functions) Order 1996 that made provision about the billing, collection and enforcement of council tax to reflect the introduction of local council tax reduction schemes.

The regulations came into force on 1 April 2013 and can be found on the UK Government’s Legislation website (External link).

The Council Tax Reduction Schemes (Detection of Fraud and Enforcement) (Wales) Regulations 2013

These regulations made provision for the creation of offences and for powers to require information and to impose penalties in connection with council tax reduction schemes and the default scheme.

The regulations came into force on 1 April 2013 and can be found on the UK Government’s Legislation website (External link).

The Council Tax Reduction Schemes (Prescribed Requirements & Default Scheme) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2013

These regulations amend the Council Tax Reduction Schemes and Prescribed Requirements (Wales) Regulations 2012 and the Council Tax Reduction Schemes (Default Scheme) (Wales) Regulations 2012 which made provision for each billing authority to make a scheme specifying the reductions which are to apply to amounts of council tax payable by persons whom the authority considers are in financial need, sets out matters that should be included within such a scheme and sets out a scheme which will take effect if the authority failed to make its own scheme on or before 31 January 2013 to correct errors, to increase the maximum amount of council tax reduction a person can receive under an authority's scheme and to increase certain figures which are used in calculating whether a person is entitled to a reduction, and the amount of that reduction.

The regulations came into force on 1 April 2013 and can be found on the UK Government’s Legislation website (External link).

The Council Tax Reduction Schemes (Transitional Provisions) (Wales) Regulations 2013

These regulations amend the Council Tax Reduction Schemes and Prescribed Requirements (Wales) Regulations 2012 and the Council Tax Reduction Schemes (Default Scheme) (Wales) Regulations 2012 which made provision for each billing authority to make a scheme specifying the reductions which are to apply to amounts of council tax payable by persons whom the authority considers are in financial need, sets out matters that should be included within such a scheme and sets out a scheme which will take effect if the authority failed to make its own scheme on or before 31 January 2013 to set out the transitional provisions that will apply to persons who are in receipt of, or who have made an application for, council tax benefit when the reduction schemes come into operation.

The regulations came into force on 1 April 2013 and can be found on the UK Government’s Legislation website (External link).

The Council Tax (Demand Notice) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2013

These regulations amend the Council Tax (Demand Notices) (Wales) Regulations 1993 which made provision about matters to be contained in, and information to be supplied with, council tax demand notices served by or on behalf of Welsh billing authorities to reflect the introduction of local council tax reduction schemes and ensure that demand notices refer to reductions where relevant.

The regulations came into force on 7 February 2013 and can be found on the UK Government’s Legislation website (External link).