Regina on the Application of Isle of Anglesey County Council v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions: Admn 30 Oct 2003

The claimant council sought re-imbursement from the Secretary of the excess housing benefit payments it had made to claimants. The system expected the Council to have made referrals of high rents to rent officers. The respondent had decided that it had been a failure to make such referrals had led to the overpayments, and that the Council had received benefit. The Council replied that it had received nothing which it had not paid on, and that a failure to make repayment, even of a part of the overpayment, would cause it hardship.
Held: The decision taken by the Secretary of State was lawful, and nor was there any other adequate reason to quash the decision to recover the sum demanded.


The Hon Mr Justice Lindsay


[2003] EWHC 2518 (Admin)




Social Security Contributions & Benefits Act 1992 123(1)(d) 123(3)


England and Wales


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CitedLondon Borough of Lambeth, Regina (on the Application Of) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Admn 20-Apr-2005
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Local Government, Benefits

Updated: 08 June 2022; Ref: scu.187276