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13.—(1) Regulations may provide for—N.I.
(a)suspending, in whole or in part, any payments of housing benefit;
(b)the subsequent making, or restoring, in prescribed circumstances of any or all of the payments so suspended.
(2) Regulations made under sub-paragraph (1) may, in particular, make provision for any case where, in relation to a claim for housing benefit—
(a)it appears to the relevant authority that an issue arises whether the conditions for entitlement to such a benefit are or were fulfilled;
(b)it appears to the relevant authority that an issue arises whether a decision as to an award of such a benefit should be revised (under paragraph 3) or superseded (under paragraph 4);
(c)an appeal is pending against a decision of an appeal tribunal, a Commissioner or a court; or
(d)it appears to the relevant authority, where an appeal is pending against the decision given by a Commissioner or a court in a different case, that if the appeal were to be determined in a particular way an issue would arise whether the award of housing benefit in the case itself ought to be revised or superseded.
(3) For the purposes of sub-paragraph (2), an appeal against a decision is pending if—
(a)an appeal against the decision has been brought but not determined;
(b)an application for leave to appeal against the decision has been made but not determined; or
(c)the time within which—
(i)an application for leave to appeal may be made; or
(ii)an appeal against the decision may be brought,
has not expired and the circumstances are such as may be prescribed.
(4) In sub-paragraph (2)(d) the reference to a different case—
(a)includes a reference to a case involving a different relevant authority; but
(b)does not include a reference to a case relating to a different benefit.
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