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Universal Credit - 2-week payment run-on of HB/LHA and related changes!

Good afternoon The Government has recently published – “The Universal Credit (Miscellaneous Amendments, Savings and Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2018 – SI 65/2018”. The Statutory Instrument amends various pieces of Universal Credit legislation and interactions with other state benefits, including Housing Benefit. The main purpose of the legislation is to implement…

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DWP issues new directions relating to Universal Credit

Good afternoon You may recall, the bulletin I issued, following the Chancellor’s November autumn statement http://universalcreditadvice.com/housing-associations/2017/11/universal-credit-budget-measures-explained Amongst other things, I explained how DWP planned to stop taking any new claims for Universal Credit in “live”, as opposed to “Full Service” or digital areas, from 1st January 2018. DWP has just recently published…

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Flawed APA and Complaint Processes under spotlight!

To the Director General, Universal Credit Implementation Posted on Property Tribes https://www.propertytribes.com/dear-mr-couling-dwps-director-general-t-127629460.html  Dear Mr Couling  Landlords, throughout Great Britain, are experiencing unsustainable rental loss as a direct result of Universal Credit, particularly, in relation to the way in which the “housing element” is being administered. Despite phoning, e-mailing and complaining to…

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Universal Credit budget measures explained!

Good morning Following the Chancellor’s autumn statement, his colleague, David Gauke, Secretary of State for Work & Pensions, made a statement which provides some degree of clarity to what the Government is planning to introduce, and the timetable associated with the new measures. Roll-out slow-down DWP has, only slightly, amended…

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High Importance - DWP publish latest versions of UC 47 forms (direct payments)

Good Morning DWP yesterday published its latest versions of its UC 47 forms, permitting application for a Managed Payment to Landlord (MPTL) commonly referred to as APAs. You can find the new versions here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/universal-credit-landlord-request-for-a-managed-payment-or-rent-arrears-deduction It’s vitally important you start using the correct version of the forms immediately. Failure to…

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High Importance - New online version of UC47 now available!

Good morning DWP has published the latest version of its application form (UC47) designed to assist landlords secure payment of the housing element, rather than it being paid to their tenant. The updated form can be found by clicking the link and should be used immediately. Failure to use the correct version…

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Universal Credit - How to complain effectively!

Good afternoon, Our 30th July bulletin http://universalcreditadvice.com/housing-associations/2016/07/universal-credit—how-to-pursue-queries-complaints explained how you could raise queries and make complaints to DWP, concerning Universal Credit administration processes, where problems of delays or non-payment of Landlord Managed Payments (LMPs) or Third Party Payments (collectively known as APAs) occur. We continue to press DWP hierarchy to improve the processes…

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Announcement on Supported Accommodation imminent!

Good afternoon Inside Housing reported the other day comments made by Marcus Jones, Minister at DCLG, suggesting we won’t have much longer to wait to discover the Government’s final blue-print in relation to Supported Accommodation funding. Apparently, he was speaking at a debate, focused on the Government’s original proposals to…

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London & Manchester - Emergency Disaster Funds disregarded!

Good morning DWP has just recently circulated Circular HB A8-2017 to all Local authorities administering Housing Benefits. The purpose of the circular is to explain, to all Housing Benefit “Decision Makers”, that any emergency funds, paid to the victims (and dependants) of the recent terrorist attacks in London & Manchester should…

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