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Regina v Housing Benefit Review Board of The City of Westminster, Ex Parte Mehanne; HL 8 Mar 2001

References: [2001] 2 All ER 690, [2001] UKHL 11, [2001] 1 WLR 539
Links: Bailii, House of Lords
Coram: Lord Bingham of Cornhill Lord Browne-Wilkinson Lord Hope of Craighead Lord Hutton Lord Hobhouse Of Wood- borough
The applicants had taken a house to rent and claimed benefits. The rent officer determined that the rent was not excessive, but ten days later the housing benefits officer for the same authority determined that it was.
Held: Although the wording of the section when re-enacted changed, and the Board had to impose some deduction, it retained a discretion as to the extent to which the rent might be reduced, and may allow for other factors which might affect the decision.
Statutes: Housing Benefit (General) Regulations 1987 11, Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992

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