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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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DWP launches Supported Accommodation Consultation!

Good morning, DWP Ministers launched a consultation yesterday, focused on the future design and funding of Supported Accommodation. In its introduction, the document, which you can find here>>>, explains its purpose: “This consultation seeks views on the design of the Government’s new housing costs funding model for supported housing, as…

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DWP Rollout expansion - High Importance!

Good afternoon, DWP, just this morning, released details on the next stage in the “digital” or “full service” rollout, identifying each of the Jobcentre areas, planned to progress to the full blown service, between now and September, 2018. The announcement, puts to bed any remaining doubts, the rollout was being further delayed of…

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DWP expansion by claimant type and area!

Good morning, DWP has just released its latest statistics on the rollout, including figures up to 13th October, 2016. You can view the report here: I’ve summarised some of the key factors for you below: * Todate there has been 804,257 claims been received since its launch in April, 2013.…

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Benefits Cap implementation 7th November, 2016

Good morning, You may recall an earlier bulletin—new-benefits-cap-letters-being-issued-september explaining how the lowered levels of Benefits Cap would apply. New regulations permit its implementation from 7th November, 2016 but, although the process starts on this date, some areas will not be affected until later, due to the staggered approach being adopted.…

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