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The DWP boss just pulled her second stunt of the week 11 Jan 2019 19:14 #12829

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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) boss Amber Rudd just announced another change to Universal Credit. But like her previous stunt of claiming to halt the move of three million people onto the benefit when she wasn’t, it was little more than a sleight of hand. Because she is merely giving families back money they were losing under the new benefit anyway.
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Rudd told Sky News on 10 January that she was ditching the two-child limit for children born before April 2017. The extension of the policy was due to take effect in February. It would have meant that claimants whose third or subsequent children were born before April 2017 would have been affected for the first time.

But Rudd said:

It’s with the fairness of Universal Credit in mind that I decided to scrap it. It’s right that we have a two-child policy when people are thinking about having a third child. But I don’t think it’s right that you have this existing two-child policy that was introduced recently acting retrospectively for people who might have three, four, or five children

Sky News claimed the DWP said that around 15,000 families “could benefit” from Rudd’s U-turn. But that figure is nowhere near the number the department previously said was affected.

www.thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2019/01/11/the-dwp-boss-just-pulled-her-second-stunt-of-the-week/

"It’s with the fairness of Universal Credit in mind" oh man I'm still laughing at that one :woohoo:
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The DWP boss just pulled her second stunt of the week 12 Jan 2019 09:23 #12838

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So is she saying that anyone having a third child after 2017 will still not be paid anything under UC? Just those who were claiming before this date? Surely that would also mean backdated payments for those who were denied payment for their third child when (and if) they made a claim for UC in that time? Although I doubt they would see any payments being made given UC barely recognises back payments or holidays.
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The DWP boss just pulled her second stunt of the week 12 Jan 2019 10:03 #12841

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So is she saying that anyone having a third child after 2017 will still not be paid anything under UC? Just those who were claiming before this date?

I don't think its related to the date of the claim being made its tied to the date of birth of your children i.e if I have 3 children born before 2017 I can always claim for all three if I need to claim benefits but third children after 2017 you cant claim for least that's how it comes across to me.
Surely that would also mean backdated payments for those who were denied payment for their third child when (and if) they made a claim for UC in that time?

Good question but I suspect it l only be from this date onwards or when it gets put in to effect.
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The DWP boss just pulled her second stunt of the week 12 Jan 2019 10:12 #12844

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TheFinnster wrote:
Good question but I suspect it l only be from this date onwards or when it gets put in to effect.

I expect you have the Right idea on this Change, But as to WHEN [ And If ] it will happen is another thing altogether. :(
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