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Autumn budget changes affecting UC claimants!

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Chancellor, Rishi Sunak announced, in his autumn budget, several changes, which should benefit tenants, particularly those who work in low paid jobs, and are claiming benefits. However, he resisted demands to restore the £20 per week uplift to Universal Credit, introduced in March 2020, as part of the…

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How to challenge Universal Credit overpayment demands!

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In May this year, one of my Housing Association clients contacted me, seeking assistance with three separate overpayment invoice demands, from DWP, collectively amounting to, circa £5000. Before contacting me, its Finance Manager decided to tackle the problem, by contacting DWP’s Debt Management team, who had sent the…

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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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