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DWP's "untidy tenancies" and impact on "housing costs element"

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DWP’s latest Landlord newsletter refers to “untidy tenancies” and explains how, in some cases, DWP’s “Decision Maker” may exercise discretion, regarding the amount of “housing costs element” allowed in cases of separation etc. to permit a joint tenant to be able to meet the contractual rent and remain…

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Further news on Severe Disability Premium and compensation scheme

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My 15th January bulletin explained how the Government had introduced a new “Gateway” provision, effective from 16th January 2019, preventing anyone with a Severe Disability Premium (SDP) entitlement, from claiming Universal Credit, before the “Managed Migration” process started in mid to late 2020. This move was…

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Universal Credit - Rent Increase Exercise

As we fast approach the annual up-rating of rental charges in the Social Rented Sector (Scotland), regrettably DWP is still deliberating on what information it intends to provide to those landlords, ready to assist tenants through the process, fearing, if they don’t, some of their more vulnerable tenants will either…

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New Universal Credit website launch!

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I’m delighted to announce the launch of our new website the only site, relating to Universal Credit, Housing Benefit & LHA, dedicated to Social & Private Landlords and their agents.

As an ex Head of Housing (Benefits, Revenues & Advice Services) & Goverment Advisor on…

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Mixed Aged Couples - Pension or Universal Credit?

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With Parliamentarians and the media, fully focused on the Commons Brexit vote, Guy Opperman, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Pensions & Financial Inclusion, decided it was the ideal time to make a written statement on the Government’s future plans in relation to the way mixed age couples…

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Ministerial update on next steps of the Full Service Rollout!

In the past week there’s been a flurry of activity and media coverage, relating to the proposed rollout of Universal Credit and some associated measures. I covered some of these issues in an earlier bulletin, suggesting the previous Secretary of State had caused some confusion. It would appear DWP and…

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Rent Arrears rise in Wales - Universal Credit to blame!

In Flintshire, north Wales, one of the first counties to test the new payment, the council says rent arrears have gone up by £1m.

One claimant there said a mistake left him with just £29 a month to live on.

But the UK government said it had listened to concerns…

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