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DWP attempts to withdraw Landlord Managed Payments thwarted!

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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!

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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. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/509751/hb-recoveries-and-fraud-data-to-sept-2015.pdf

DWP provides guidance and subsidy incentives to councils, encouraging recovery from those considered culpable. Currently, local councils receive a…

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Universal Credit Freephone numbers now operating!

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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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