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UC and Housing FAQ 08 Nov 2018 16:03 #10876

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Thought this may be of interest for anyone on, or about to claim Universal Credit:

www.impacthousing.org.uk/sites/default/files/documents/universal%20credit%20-%20frequently%20asked%20questions.pdf

I`ve snipped this from the link for anyone already claiming UC who may lose their home but are in temporary accommodation:

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UC and Housing FAQ 11 Nov 2018 07:13 #10964

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People may also find this little bit of top secret information helpful and to keep handy :) . beta.parliament.uk/search?q=housing+benefit+and+sanctions+while+on+universal

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
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UC and Housing FAQ 11 Nov 2018 09:39 #10968

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jobbers link is from this assets site:

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

Scroll down to section 2.20 Conditionality & Sanctions

Good find jobber. B) I just wish when they say `Housing element is NOT affected by these sanctions` that it actually worked in real-time. Many councils STOP HB payments and generate rent arrears letters anyway when a benefit is stopped, which tells me the DWP system is not in tune with what they say here. Maybe under UC they have fixed this, but time will tell.
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UC and Housing FAQ 12 Nov 2018 08:16 #10990

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"councils STOP HB payments and generate rent arrears letters anyway when a benefit is stopped,"This is the time when people effected to create merry hell to their MP's as its clear that shouldn't be taking place.


And yet, they all carry on mindlessly with this chaos of a system creating bloody hell for claimants.There are a a nice few words i have to describe them with but cant possibly type them here unfortunately. :) :evil:

"How benefit sanctions affect Housing Benefit and Council Tax reduction
www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/benefit-sanctions-and-what-to-do-about-them#how-benefit-sanctions-affect-housing-benefit-and-council-tax-reduction

If you’re already getting Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction you’re still entitled to get them if your benefits are sanctioned.

However, the Jobcentre will contact the council, who usually stop these benefits until you have confirmed your new income.

It’s really important to contact the ‘Revenues and Benefits’ department at your council as soon as you can.

Explain your benefits have been sanctioned, and give them proof of your new income (or proof of no income) so they can restart your claim.

Doing nothing might mean you end up with rent and Council Tax arrears."



Some nice reading can be found here when anyone wants a coffee break from their 35 hour joke search. :)
forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5485068

inews.co.uk/news/uk/universal-credit-life-dwp-jobcentre-spent-10-weeks-under-threat-sanctions-for-being-12-minutes-late/

www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/mps-housing-benefit-sanctions-jobseekers-meg-hillier-eviction-homelessness-report-a7589936.html

www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42860387

Changes in circumstances
england.shelter.org.uk/legal/benefits/housing_benefit/changes_in_circumstances
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UC and Housing FAQ 12 Nov 2018 13:18 #11004

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I`m currently in the ESA assessment stage and waiting on work back to see if my WRAG claim will continue, or if I`m to have a face to face. If that goes ahead and the zero points come back, I don`t plan to claim Universal Credit until an appeal is done (if things go that far) but if and when I DO visit my council this time, I won`t just be asking them to copy any letters I`ve received from DWP regarding my ESA claim, but will ask to speak to one of the Housing team this time to make SURE my records are correctly updated because a few years ago when all this happened, I STILL got arrears letters generated even though I`d gone to my council offices TWICE! :angry:

I know about the `nil income` thing too now so will ask if there is a specific form for this, or if they just flag it on the system. I will also tell the council WHY I won`t be making a rushed claim for UC because if I do that then win on appeal and get my ESA back, it means losing the extra £29 a week that the legacy ESA claim pays me. So hopefully they will understand this. If they don`t, I will politely show them the paperwork.
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UC and Housing FAQ 12 Nov 2018 22:12 #11012

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After seeing tonight's panorama docu Comply, i see a time coming and very soon where they will scrap all and any benefits outside of UC; and bring absolutely everything under one roof.Including all and any medical assessments which will take place in joke centres.They are hell bent on down sizing and saving money.We are surplus to that requirement and just like the guy in rent arrears aged 60+... we have to go. :( :evil:
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UC and Housing FAQ 13 Nov 2018 13:11 #11021

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Universal Credit us `Universal` in that it places people into a system of full control of their lives if they happen to require additional help with living expenses, child payments or top up`s if IN work. Anyone managing to earn above the UC threshold will be fine, but we all know that means working full time (or as they put it, working 35 hours x NMW a week) to be free from work focussed interviews and all the cat sat on the matt courses.

I didn`t see the Panorama documentary as it wasn`t shown here, but I did see some of it on the BBC news and what is happening to people who fall through it`s cracks` is just unacceptable. Anyone having such problems should be given immediate help and relief. Not allowed to stew and get into £4,000 worth of rent arrears. :angry:

I think the rules should change for everyone over 60 and still claiming UC. Because the retirement age keeps being pushed back, UC should reflect this by allowing people on UC who are 60+ plus to have only a few job centre meetings a year to discuss their (a) job prospects :sick: and (b) their HEALTH. That`s if people are not already claiming LCW and/or PIP.

I think we should all be thinking about our futures here especially as UC is going to BE part of the plan for our latter years and how we can best manage coping with it. If you don`t qualify for ESA (but keep trying anyway) make sure you list ALL, if you have any, health problems, restrictions and limitations that apply to you and stay ahead of the game.
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