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UC and Housing Briefing Update 03 Jan 2019 21:01 #12549

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I`ve possibly posted this link before but I noticed the webpage had been updated (3 January 2019) but also noted within the long paragraphed pages a snippet I will attach below the link regarding sanctions NOT affecting the Housing Element of UC:

researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/SN06547/SN06547.pdf

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It`s an interesting (if rather long) read, but you may find some bits and pieces within it interesting. Just be on the ball though when it comes to your landlord receiving the housing element especially if your HB is paid directly to you and not to them. Hiccups can happen.
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UC and Housing Briefing Update 04 Jan 2019 09:38 #12558

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It comes down to the Simple Fact; Its the Benefits Duty to Prioritise Rent Payments.
In the Normal "World of Work" one would get ones Wages, and put Rent money to onside as Rent payment is a Priority.
UC is Treating people as in Work, By paying UC as a "Wage" to get them used to the real world IF they can find that Illusive job.
Only in very Rare circumstances will rent be paid direct to the Landlord.

From the Landlords point of view Direct Rent payment to them would be very welcome.
Its the Benefits Claimant Duty to manage there Money, NOT The Governments job.
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UC and Housing Briefing Update 04 Jan 2019 11:56 #12564

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Thanks for moving this to the right area Paul, wasn`t thinking when I posted it to place it here. It`s good to have some clarity again from a government page that tells us the housing element of UC would never be affected should a sanction apply. Obviously to be avoided where possible anyway but we know sanctions can happen and even if they are overturned, it can mean a drop in income until a decision is made.

I`ve always had my housing benefit paid directly to my council and would probably keep things that way just because it`s what I`m used to. But I can also see the benefit of having that element paid into my bank and having the money there where I can access it. Although direct payments to a landlord can be beneficial when the weather is bad and it`s a trial walking or travelling to the rent office or PayPoint to pay the rent! So there is a positive there if you have the rent paid to them directly.
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