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  • Housing Benefit

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    Housing Benefit is a means tested social security benefit in the United Kingdom that is intended to help meet housing costs for rented accommodation. It is the second biggest item in the Department for Work and Pensions' budget after the state pension, totalling £23.8 billion in 2013–14. The primary legislation governing Housing Benefit is the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992. Operationally, the governing regulations are statutory instruments arising from that Act. It is governed by one of two sets of regulations. For working age claimants it is governed by the "Housing Benefit Regulations 2006", but for those who have reached the qualifying age for Pension Credit (regardless of whether it has been claimed) it is governed by the "Housing Benefit (Persons who have attained the qualifying age for state pension credit) Regulations 2006". It is normally administered by the local authority in whose area the property being rented lies. In some circumstances, normally council tenants in "out of borough properties", some claimants may be required to obtain Housing Benefit from the borough that placed them.

  • No Matter How Much You Promise to Cook or Pay the Rent You Blew It Cauze Bill Bailey Ain't Never Coming Home Again

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    No Matter How Much You Promise to Cook or Pay the Rent You Blew It Cauze Bill Bailey Ain't Never Coming Home Again is a 2003 novel by Edgardo Vega Yunqué. The author has called it a "jazz novel."Bill Bailey is set in New York City in the 1980s, and tells the saga of Billy Farrell and his daughter Vidamía. Billy is a lackluster Irish-American who gave up music after losing two fingers, and some of his sanity, in Vietnam. Billy and Vidamía first meet when she is 12 years old. Her mother is a social-climbing, assimilation-minded Puerto Rican who has married a wealthy CPA and is raising Vidamía in the suburbs. But Vidamía finds herself strongly attracted to her father, her father's family, and the Lower East Side. The novel's title is a play on the title and lyrics of the jazz classic, "Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home?". The song and the relevant lyrics are explicitly mentioned in the novel.

  • House in multiple occupation

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    Houses in Yeovil, some of which have become HMOs. A house in multiple occupation (HMO), or a house of multiple occupancy, is a British English term which refers to residential properties where ‘common areas’ exist and are shared by more than one household. Common areas may be as significant as bathrooms and kitchens / kitchenettes, but may also be just stairwells or landings. HMOs may be divided up into self-contained flats, bed-sitting rooms or simple lodgings. Strictly speaking, HMOs are not the same as purpose-built blocks of flats, since most result from the subdivision of houses (often but not always large houses) designed for and occupied by one family. Some legislation makes a distinction between those buildings occupied mainly on long leases and those where the majority of the occupants are short-term tenants.

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