Major hat tip to Karen the Liverpool tenant I told you about who has now been sent a letter to say the HB unlawfully deducted after the DWP cock-up which is now according to the Labour Party FOI requests to affect 50,000 or so households and not the DWP’s risible estimate of 5000.
Secondly, Liverpool City Council has decided correctly NOT to recover the DHP that tenants were awarded. This is in contrast to neighbouring Wirral Borough Council who believe (incredulously and wrongly) that a DHP can be recovered and this despite warnings from DWP in the A1/2014 HB circular here that those councils who do seek to recover DHPs are on very dodgy legal ground
Major hat tip to Liverpool City Council too for doing the right thing morally as well as legally.
And Wirral MBC and its Labour council …oh dear your name is going to be appearing lots in my posts to name and shame you until you do the right thing too. Yes MBC Wirral you would do well to remember that as you cocked up too in failing to act in accordance with the law that you are guilty of maladministration too and the whole question of whether a DHP is recovered is only due to YOUR cock-up!
How about landlords in Wirral too.
If as Wirral MBC wish they recover the DHP from the landlord despite the tenants objections and despite the DWP and the law stating recovery is highly questionable and the landlords then debits the tenants rent account I wonder how the landlords actions will be viewed legally?
Worms in cans unless landlords come out and stand four square behind the tenant in Wirral – something they don’t need to do in Liverpool
Of course reader if you know that your council is seeking to recover the DHP paid to exempt pre 1996 tenants as a result of their cock-up please do let me know!
One final thought. Wirral is where Esther McVey has her constituency, the same McVey who is a DWP minister, yes the same DWP that says recovery of a DHP in these circumstances is highly legally dodgy.
Yet the Labour Party in Wirral have taken a position to the right of Esther McVey!
What a bunch of spineless councillors Wirral has eh reader!