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Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016

Details relating to the aforementioned act can be found here

Background

The measures in this Act support the Government’s commitments to increase employment; slow the growth of the welfare budget to help achieve a more sustainable welfare system; eliminate child poverty and improve the life…

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UK Benefit Changes introduced from April 2021

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Most state benefit rates have changed from this month.

Some, like Universal Credit, have been increased by 0.5% (in line with inflation). Whereas, Pensioners enjoy a rise of 2.5% to their state Pension. To access the comprehensive list of benefit type changes, and the variable amounts that apply,…

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Government changes to Under 35s - LHA rate exceptions!

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The Government, in its Spring 2021 budget, announced its intention to accelerate the introduction of advantageous changes to the under 35 exceptions, relating to the LHA rate, which will impact on both Local Housing Allowance and UC “housing costs” claimants.

The changes are focused on two groups:

Care…
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Universal Credit – annual rent charge update!

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Rather disappointedly, DWP has failed, for the 8th successive year, to fulfil previous commitments of delivering a “bulk upload” solution for Universal Credit reliant tenants of Social Landlords and continues to place the onus squarely on the shoulders of tenants to report any rent changes via their

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SDP "Gateway" closure allowing Universal Credit claims!
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Background

We explained, in our 15th January 2019 bulletin, how DWP had introduced a “Gateway” or “barrier to entry” to Universal Credit, applying to all legacy benefit claimants who had an ongoing entitlement to the £66.95 (weekly) Severe Disability Premium (SDP) in their Income Related JSA, ESA, Income Support.…

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