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Universal Credit - New important guidance issued!

Good morning DWP hierarchy have just issued an updated version of its “Universal Credit – Guidance for Landlords” which you’ll find in the following link Much of the information has already been circulated in earlier editions, however, I’ve identified below, some links, with new information, which should be of…

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LHA capping to create £22M rent affordability gap in Scotland!

Good morning The Scottish Government and CIH Scotland have just published a brief report focused on the very real threat posed by central government’s proposals to cap Housing Benefit and/or the “housing element” of Universal Credit to LHA rates from April 2019. Amongst other things, it suggests 21,000 young Scots…

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Universal Credit - Housing Costs denied to some 18-21 year olds!

The Universal Credit (Housing Costs Element aged 18-21) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 – SI 2017/252 – which can be found here were introduced on 2nd March, 2017 and come into effect from 1st April, 2017. Regulations remove automatic entitlement to housing costs in Universal Credit “Full Service” areas for some 18 to…

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SRS Court actions for rent arrears recovery rises by 24%!

Good afternoon Shelter Scotland has just published a report Evictions by Social Landlords in Scotland 2012-16 which, amongst other things, confirms there has been an increase in SRS sector evictions (Councils & Housing Associations) and points to the fact, the majority of recovery actions are being pursued, in response to rent…

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Direct Payments 'Exceptions' confirmed!

Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform, announced at yesterday’s Chartered Institute of Housing conference, ( the Government was anxious to work in collaboration with Social Landlords to protect tenants from the vagaries of rent arrears and safeguard Landlords’ cash-flows. He said, ‘The key to making direct payments work will be…

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