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UC and Housing Benefit question... 07 Mar 2018 17:24 #6445

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Found this on a Scottish Unemployed Welfare site:

(From April 2018, if you are already receiving Housing Benefit when you apply for Universal Credit you will be able to continue receiving this for the first two weeks of your claim.)

What do they mean, "Will be paid HB for the first TWO WEEKS of your claim"? I know that when we already claim housing benefit and are `managed` over to UC, nothing really changes. But if making a new/fresh claim, housing benefit cannot now be claimed on it`s own and is `included within` Universal Credit. So when I read this two week thing, I don`t really grasp what it means? Please someone give me a shove because this seems to say that anyone claiming UC for the first time will be paid housing benefit for two weeks.....so what about the next three weeks when the claim goes into payment? Is the claimant liable to pay the following three weeks rent? :unsure: Confused....
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UC and Housing Benefit question... 07 Mar 2018 17:30 #6446

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Not sure on this one; Have you got a link Please?
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UC and Housing Benefit question... 07 Mar 2018 17:33 #6448

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Not really Paul. I `snipped` this from the Scottish Unemployed Workers website while reading a page about Universal Credit. I just didn`t understand it and wondered why it said housing benefit is paid for the FIRST two weeks but not from the start of the claim, or indeed, once the claim was in full payment? Strange....but then, UC is strange!
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UC and Housing Benefit question... 07 Mar 2018 17:35 #6449

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scottishunemployedworkers.net/know-your-rights/

Scroll down to "What about HB in UC......it states:

WHAT ABOUT HOUSING BENEFIT IN UC? HB is included in UC, and in a UC Full Service area it is no longer possible for someone with low or no income to make a new claim for HB on its own. (You still go to the council for Discretionary Housing Payments – e.g. to cover Bedroom Tax – and to arrange for a Council Tax Reduction.) (From April 2018, if you are already receiving Housing Benefit when you apply for Universal Credit you will be able to continue receiving this for the first two weeks of your claim.)
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UC and Housing Benefit question... 07 Mar 2018 17:58 #6451

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This 2 week roll-on is a pathetic response by the Tory's to the valid outrage about the risk of people falling behind with an increased risk of eviction, particularly where Mental Health is at issue. In my opinion, there was never a valid reason to bundle Housing Benefit in with the legacy welfare benefits replaced by UC. Houing Benefit should have remained an entirely separate benefit. This 2 week continuation of HB is hardly a concession and will have little impact on the risk of eviction for most claimants transferring to UC. The real problem is, and always will be, UC and the moronic sheople who vote Conservative.
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UC and Housing Benefit question... 08 Mar 2018 09:25 #6454

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Spanner wrote: Houing Benefit should have remained an entirely separate benefit.

Thanks for this Spanner. So I was right in thinking that when someone makes a new claim (and isn`t migrated or managed onto UC) that their housing benefit is only paid for the first two weeks and then the emphasis is on them to find the rent money for the next three/four weeks until their UC payment is live? If this is the case, I wonder then if this is where discretionary housing payments can be made or claimed by people who just don`t have that money to pay their rent? Or are the Tories in their infinite wisdom telling people to ask for a UC advance to have the money to pay?
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UC and Housing Benefit question... 08 Mar 2018 10:45 #6456

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Yes, you have it right, CoD ;)

Before the Tories were forced to change their rediculous policy claimants were applying for an Advanced Benefit Payment but found themselves between a rock and a hard place, ie, they could eat, or pay their landlord, but not both. And since people would rather stay alive than pay their parasitic landlords, many people were evicted, and still are. What's worse, the government knows that local funding has been cut to the bone and yet it claims that UC claimants can apply for a DHP, which is of course unlikely to be successful.

Bastard Tories!
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UC and Housing Benefit question... 12 Mar 2018 20:35 #6509

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Thanks for posting this question comply and to Spanner for clarifying matters.

Really it makes no sense other than to see people suffering. Do they not realise that a crime wave through mass homelessness (which is where we are heading on full roll out) would affect everybody? UC was supposed to simplify and fix all the benefit problems so there should be absolutely no gaps or further delays in payments. It has made HB side of things infinitely worse and on top of the bedroom tax just seems deliberate. Flawed from the beginning and I am dreading being in that situation.
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UC and Housing Benefit question... 13 Mar 2018 08:41 #6512

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It`s just as well we come across these pot holes in UC now and then or we would be oblivious to them. But it`s clear to see that we are being spoon fed lies about UC being the all conquering saviour for anyone looking for work or to top up their low wages. Being one of those individuals who has always had to fight to get through the ESA nightmares to keep my claim ongoing, it always feels a bit like taking part in the grand national and never knowing if I`m going to make it over the next approaching fence.
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