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Universal Credit - April, 2017 notification of rent increases

Good afternoon As I’m sure you’re aware, we are fast approaching the 31st March 2017 deadline set by the DWP to report any April, 2017 rent increases, applicable to tenants of yours, living in areas designated “LIVE” for Universal Credit purposes. Ordinarily the obligation to report any change in circumstances,…

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Universal Credit - Scottish Government flexibilities explained!

Good afternoon As you may already know, the Scottish Government, in the past week, published the Universal Credit (Claims & Payment) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 – SI No. 227. You’ll find the legislation here: The regulations are designed to bring to life, the Scottish Government’s longstanding commitment to: Introduce choice…

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DWP attempts to withdraw Landlord Managed Payments thwarted!

Good morning One of our Housing Association clients alerted me to a problem relating to the payment of Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs). Specifically, their local authority had stopped paying DHPs where its tenants had their “housing element” redirected to their landlord. After some investigation, I discovered the problem could be…

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Landlord wins Housing Benefit Overpayment appeal at Upper-tier level!

Good morning Around £1 Billion of Housing Benefit Overpayments are identified as recoverable every year and, at any time, around £2 Billion remains outstanding despite the recovery efforts of councils. DWP provides guidance and subsidy incentives to councils, encouraging recovery from those considered culpable. Currently, local councils receive a subsidy…

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Universal Credit Freephone numbers now operating!

Good afternoon DWP has just confirmed its Universal Credit Freephone service has been available since 29th November 2017. You’ll, no doubt, recall the move was prompted by demands from claimants, their advisors, MPs etc. that the service should be made a free service as tenants were experiencing very high costs,…

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