universal credit

  • Universal credit and housing costs

    Issue 264 (June 2018)
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    Martin Williams looks at some common problems with the housing element of universal credit (UC).

  • Universal Credit, disability and transitional protection

    Last updated: July 3, 2018
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    R (TD, AD and IM) v SSWP CO/590/2018

    This case is continuing notwithstanding the Ministerial statement and subsequent draft regulations claiming to provide transitional protection to those disabled people who have moved onto UC ahead of the managed migration process and, as a consequence, lost out on the SDP.  The draft regulations do not in fact provide for a disabled adult previously in receipt of SDP to receive an equivalent top up amount in UC if they are in receipt of the LCWRA element and do not address at all the situation of disabled children.

    On 8 February 2018, CPAG issued a claim for permission to apply for judicial review on behalf of two households, each with a person with a disability, challenging the lack of transitional protection or, alternatively, the inability to return to legacy benefits once an award for universal credit has been made in circumstances where the DWP makes a decision terminating an individual’s award of a legacy benefit, which is subsequently shown to have been a wrong decision and is overturned, and the individual is financially worse off under UC.

  • Scotland Welfare Rights Conference 2018


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    Annual Conference: Welfare Rights
    Friday 22 June 2018, 9.30am – 4pm

    University of Strathclyde, Technology and Innovation Centre,
    99 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1RD

  • Housing assistance


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    Housing assistance will be a new Scottish benefit. It will be paid to people who get universal credit and who need extra help with rent in very specific circumstances.

    Timeline

    June 2018      Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018

    Sets out framework rules for housing assistance

    To follow         Consultation on regulations

    Overview of housing assistance

    When it's introduced, you could get housing assistance in two specific circumstances:

  • Universal credit Scottish choices


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    With Scottish choices, you can ask for universal credit to paid twice a month and for the amount in universal credit for rent to be paid direct to your landlord.

    Timeline

    October 2017  Scottish choices begin

     Applies to new claimants in full service areas only

    April 2018       Scottish choices extended

     Applies to all universal credit claimants in full service areas

    June 2018      Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018

  • Tax credits: moving on to universal credit


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    This factsheet explains what happens to your tax credit award with the introduction of a new benefit, universal credit.

    It contains information that is relevant UK-wide, with more detail on areas in Scotland where universal credit is being introduced.

  • Universal credit and students


    factsheet

    This factsheet explains the rules for students claiming universal credit in Scotland.

  • Two-child limit: one year on

    Issue 263 (April 2018)
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    Kirsty McKechnie sets out what CPAG’s Early Warning System has been learning about the first year of the operation of the ‘two-child limit’ in means-tested benefits.

  • Briefing for the appearance of Esther McVey before the Social Security Committee Meeting

    April 2018
    briefing

    The Scottish Parliament's Social Security Committee will hear from the Right Hon Esther McVey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on Monday 16th April. This briefing, prepared in advance of the meeting, provides an overview of findings on universal credit from CPAG in Scotland's Early Warning System for January to March 2018.