Our new article about vulnerable claimants who are migrating on to Universal Credit illustrates how claimants who are vulnerable are losing their status and are at risk of sanctions as a result.
Here are a few ideas to help get your clients ready for Universal Credit. 1 Make sure wherever possible they have claimed all of their relevant means tested benefits ahead of full roll out (ie Income Based Job Seeker’s Allowance, Income Related Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Tax Credits and Housing Benefit.) 2 […]
Birmingham City Council’s Housing Benefit department have advised Central England Law Centre that they have made some mistakes in applying the 2 child restriction to some families who should not have had their Housing Benefit restricted. The two child restriction was introduced in April 2017 and affects families who have a third or subsequent child […]
We have now updated our website to give more information about the 2 child restriction. This new change means that for most families who have a third or subsequent child born after 6th April 2017 they will not be paid an increase in their Tax Credits, Universal Credit and Housing Benefit for this child. The […]
We have updated our Bedroom Tax section to include the Universal Credit rules. Some of the rules which delay the date when Bedroom tax applies under Housing Benefit are much weaker under Universal Credit. Under Housing Benefit rules the bedroom tax is delayed for 12 months following the death of someone who previously lived in […]
We have updated our webpage Housing Benefit and Universal Credit Housing Costs Restrictions to give details of the new rules limiting housing costs for young people getting Universal Credit. These changes will come into effect only after the full roll out of Universal Credit which is due to apply from November 2017 in Birmingham and […]
Motability has now extended the level of help they give when people lose their motability cars either on transfer from Disability Living Allowance to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or when their PIP award gets renewed. The length of time that they will continue to let you keep the car has increased from 3 weeks to […]
Over the past two months, SIFA Fireside (a charity working in Birmingham to improve the lives of homeless people) has spoken to five Irish people who have been incorrectly advised by the DWP that they are not entitled to benefits for 3 months. They are all Irish citizens and range in age from 21 (a […]
Below is the summary of a briefing on sanctions figures from Dr David Webster, University of Glasgow. This briefing highlights high levels of Universal Credit sanctions with more people affected and with each person having more sanctions. SUMMARY “In the May 2017 statistical release, DWP has published statistics on Universal Credit (UC) […]
Some older people have been overcharged council tax. Find out if you are affected and how to get your money back.