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Universal Credit - Rent Increase Exercise

As we fast approach the annual up-rating of rental charges in the Social Rented Sector (Scotland), regrettably DWP is still deliberating on what information it intends to provide to those landlords, ready to assist tenants through the process, fearing, if they don’t, some of their more vulnerable tenants will either…

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Introduction of Severe Disability Premium (SDP) Gateway!

Good morning Our 14th January 2019 bulletin highlighted the publication of the Universal Credit (Transitional Provisions) (SP Gateway) Amendment Regulations 2019. Amongst other things, these regulations, effective from 16th January, 2019 provide that NO claim for Universal Credit (UC) can be made by any of your tenants who are entitled to, or…

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Mixed Aged Couples - Pension or Universal Credit?

Good morning With Parliamentarians and the media, fully focused on the Commons Brexit vote, Guy Opperman, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Pensions & Financial Inclusion, decided it was the ideal time to make a written statement on the Government’s future plans in relation to the way mixed age couples…

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Ministerial update on next steps of the Full Service Rollout!

In the past week there’s been a flurry of activity and media coverage, relating to the proposed rollout of Universal Credit and some associated measures. I covered some of these issues in an earlier bulletin, suggesting the previous Secretary of State had caused some confusion. It would appear DWP and…

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Commons Library report - Impact of UC Rollout so far!

Good afternoon The House of Commons Library published a report just the other day, in advance of Ministers and DWP being questioned in Parliament and at its Work & Pensions Committee, about the impact of “Full Service” expansion, so far, and what preparations have been made to accommodate the anticipated…

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Wrong advice leading to tenants losing legacy claims!

Good afternoon As you know, by December 2018 all areas, UK wide will be offering Universal Credit’s digital or Full Service delivery. The move to Full Service will effectively bring all “legacy benefit” claims for people of “working age” to an end, by December 2023. Thankfully, the process of migration,…

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Full Service rollout statement causes confusion!

Good morning Esther McVey, Secretary of State for Work & Pensions made a statement last week to the House of Commons relating to the Full Service rollout programme which appears to have been misunderstood. What she announced was a temporary slowdown in the rollout of the “Managed or forced migration”…

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DWP creates new process permitting access to Case Manager

Hi The RLA’s Policy Officer, Natalie Williamson issued the following news report last week https://news.rla.org.uk/dwp-announce-new-phone-system/ highlighting DWP has, at long last, decided to permit you direct access to your tenant’s Case Manager, when you have concerns over mounting rent arrears and possible legal action for recovery. It’s hoped the new process will…

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DWP making unlawful payments to tenants!

Good afternoon As “Full Service” delivery expands, and the numbers of claims increase, DWP’s administration is already failing, with even the simplest of tasks. Landlord clients are increasingly raising complaints of DWP agreeing Managed Payment to Landlord (MPTL), commonly called APAs, only to later renege on the promise, when the…

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