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Housing Costs Contributions - Rent Arrears Alert!

Good morning In my one of my last bulletins – “Challenging & Appealing poor decisions” http://universalcreditadvice.com/housing-associations/2018/04/universal-credit—challenging-appealing-poor-decisions I referred to the fact, I had discovered, through the casework queries, I receive from clients, DWP was wrongly applying deductions to Universal Credit awards through, what DWP refers to as “Housing Costs Contributions”, which under…

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UC Payments Direct & 2 weeks bonus payment!

Good morning Some of you may already be aware , but from the 11th of April 2018 two significant changes took place, in relation to Housing Benefit (LHA) and Universal Credit. Both beneficial, for a change! Two week run-on! Firstly, there’s now a Housing Benefit “bonus” of an additional 2…

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Universal Credit - Challenging & Appealing poor decisions

Good morning As predicted, transitioning to “Full Service” delivery is throwing up, every day, more and more, examples of poor decision-making and inadequate IT system functionality, potentially causing tenants to lose out, on an increasing range of fronts, especially in relation to the “housing costs element” (HCE). As DWP increases…

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Universal Credit Website update!

Good afternoon Over the past few weeks, I’ve been re-orgnanising & updating the website to reflect some of the major changes that have taken place in the past 6 months or so. If you examine the Universal Credit introductory tab http://www.universalcreditadvice.com/universal-credit, you’ll find, I’ve refreshed much of the information to relect…

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Universal Credit - Can DWP impose Third Party Deductions?

Good afternoon One of my Housing Co-operative clients contacted me earlier today, seeking advice on whether DWP could impose a “Third Party”deduction, for rent arrears, at £63.56 (20%) of their tenant’s UC Standard Allowance, even though no request had been made by my client? The tenant had run up more…

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DWP responds to APA related questions in FOI request!

Good morning I came across a Freedom of Information (FOI) request and response from DWP. The Q & A’s cover some of the most common questions I’m asked by website members, during our daily exchanges & training sessions and should be of interest to staff making Alternative Payment Arrangement (APA) requests and…

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DWP issues

Good afternoon DWP issued guidance https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/universal-credit-universal-support-201819-guidance/universal-support-201819-guidance yesterday explaining how claimants can access support making and maintaining their Universal Credit entitlement. You won’t be surprised to hear most, if not all, of the available support will be provided by: a) Housing Associations b) Local Authorities c) CAB d) Credit Unions e)…

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