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Universal Credit - Direct Payment hints & Rent Arrears deductions

Inside Housing ran an article yesterday which caused a number of my clients to contact me seeking some clarification. The article was headed “Universal credit docked to recover rent arrears”. You’ll find the article at: http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/tenancies/universal-credit-docked-to-recover-rent-arrears/6527269.article?utm_medium=email&utm_source=Ocean+Media+&utm_campaign=2615002_IH+Daily+news+10%2f6%2f13&dm_i=1HH2,1K1QY,7UMT62,5C35H,1 I’m sure you’re only too aware; the right to make “third party” deductions for…

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DWP publish - Landlords Managed Payments of UC

The DWP in one of its latest “UC toolkit” bulletins confirms there will indeed be “Landlord Managed Payments” including the ability to apply to have Universal Credit “housing costs” redirected from day one, or failing this, after 2 months’ rent arrears have been triggered. However, the bulletin doesn’t really tell…

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Benefits Cap hits 2400 households!

The champagne corks were flying yesterday in Whitehall as Ian Duncan Smith announced that the Benefit Cap has been successfully delivered in the 4 London Boroughs of Enfield, Haringey, Bromley and Croydon. In total, just over 2,400 households were capped by having their Housing Benefit reduced. I’ve extrapolated the key…

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Universal Credit - National Rollout delayed!

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Mr Iain Duncan Smith MP) issued a Ministerial Statement yesterday, in advance of giving evidence to the Work & Pensions Committee, on the current state of play with Universal Credit, explaining how the new scheme would be rolled out nationally from October, 2013 In…

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DWP instructs LA's to alert it to all Bedroom Tax appeals

Removal of the spare room subsidy – First tier Tribunal decisions The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has written, just yesterday, by way of an HB circular, to councils throughout the UK, seeking to be kept updated on any appeals against the “spare room subsidy”, better known as “Bedroom…

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Bedroom Tax - Can't stay, Can't go!

Can’t stay, Can’t go! is the title of a really well crafted and interesting report by Grand Union Housing Group, which is focused on the impact of the Bedroom Tax on its various subsidaries, following 6 months of operation, in the different geographic areas of it property interests. Unlike some…

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Social Landlord "whinging" in Pathfinders claim by Inside Housing

Carl Brown, Deputy News Editor at Inside Housing posted a tweet the other day which caught my attention. He headlined a linked article – “More whinging from social landlords about UC – this time from associations in pathfinder areas! http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/regulation/landlords-slam-welfare-pilots/6529073.article. I’m surprised at how little reaction there has been to the…

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DWP announces

The DWP announced, just yesterday, the phased roll-out of the “Claimant Commitment” to 20,000 Job Centres starting from October at a rate of 100 per month. See DWP report >>> here . So what does this actually mean? Jobseekers UK wide will have to demonstrate the efforts they are making…

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DWP set to appeal Fife tribunal decisions

You’ll be aware from one of my most recent bulletins of some significant successes at First-tier appeal tribunals concerning the Bedroom Tax, and, in particular the Judgements of Simon Collins QC Judge of the First-tier where he raised some serious questions about how to treat use historically used as, for…

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