Flat-rate deductions from housing benefit
Fuel deductions – weekly deductions for ineligible fuel charges
If you and your family occupy more than one room:
If you and your family occupy one room only:
Heating alone, or heating with either hot water or lighting or both
If fuel is supplied for more than one purpose, the appropriate charges are added together. If you are a joint tenant, the deductions are shared between you, usually according to your share of the rent.1Reg 12B(4) HB Regs; reg 12B(4) HB(SPC) Regs The local authority must notify you if it has used flat-rate deductions in calculating your entitlement to benefit. It must also explain that these can be varied if you can produce evidence of the actual or approximate fuel charge.2Sch 1 para 6(4) HB Regs; Sch 1 para 6(4) HB(SPC) Regs The flat-rate deductions can be varied accordingly. The Housing Benefit Guidance Manual used by local authorities says that the lower rate applies if you occupy one room, even if you share a kitchen or bathroom.3para A4 4.912-4HBGM Argue for the lower rate deduction if you are forced to occupy one room due to disrepair, damp or mould growth in your home.