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TOPIC: Housing Benefit been sanctioned while on Universal Credit ?

Housing Benefit been sanctioned while on Universal Credit ? 01 Mar 2018 12:15 #6366

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I hope this clears up any issues for people who may be given the runaround regards to Housing Benefit being sanctioned on Universal Credit.

2.19 Conditionality & sanctions
The Welfare Reform Act 2012 enshrines the principle that, in order to receive financial assistance, claimants must look for work. All claimants of UC are required to accept a claimant commitment. It is expected that most claimants will fall into the “all work requirements” category meaning that they must take all reasonable steps to search for work.

UC carries consequences for non-compliance and sanctions increase in duration for repeat offences. The housing element of UC is unaffected by these sanctions but as UC, in most cases, is paid direct to the claimant, there are concerns that the severity of the sanctions regime may lead to some claimants failing to prioritise rent payments. The NHF suggested that claimants subject to a UC sanction should automatically be switched to direct payment of the housing element to the landlord in order to prevent the accrual of rent arrears.33

Full details and more here: beta.parliament.uk/search?q=Universal+credit+and+housing+benefit+sanctions

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