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Wrong advice leading to tenants losing legacy claims!

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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!

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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

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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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Government Announce - Supported Accommodation funding going forward!

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Earlier today, Government announced, that after its lengthy consultation with stakeholders, it has decided to continue providing financial support for long & short-term “Supported Accommodation” through the welfare benefits system (Housing Benefit).

Full details of the announcement can be found here

David Orr, Chief Executive of the…

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Universal Credit - Temporary Absence

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As I’m sure you’re aware, under Housing Benefit/LHA rules there are a number of scenarios where tenants and family members can be absent from home for weeks/months without any adverse effect on the household HB/LHA entitlement, Some, but not all of these concessions, are available, as well, under…

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Universal Credit & Housing Benefit - compensatory awards!

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The following link https://www.lgo.org.uk/decisions/benefits-and-tax/housing-benefit-and-council-tax-benefit/17-012-147#point2 relates to a Local Government Ombudsman decision, relating to Housing Benefit (LHA), and the failure of Liverpool City Council to fulfil its earlier decision, to redirect payments to the Landlord, rather than the tenant, by naming the landlord “payee”. The decision to do so,…

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DWP publishes list of UC Full Service areas to April 2018
Good morning DWP has just published, through what is known as a “Commencement Order”, a list of the areas in GB which will transition to “Full Service” delivery, between February to April 2018. You may already be aware of an approximate date from your local authority, but, I would recommend…
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