universal credit

  • Seminar Universal credit and paying for housing – challenging issues


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    Manchester – Wednesday 28 March
    London – Thursday 29 March
    Time: 12:00 - 16:30

    The transition to universal credit transforms the system under which people on low incomes receive support from the state to pay their rent. Whilst social landlords have had some success in pushing for changes to both the rules of this system and also how the system is administered, many issues remain.

  • Prisoners and universal credit


    factsheet

    Your universal credit is affected if you are in prison. This factsheet describes how it can be affected if you or your partner are remanded in custody or serve a prison sentence. It provides information on what happens to your universal credit if you get a community-based sentence, and what happens when you are released from prison.

  • Universal Credit, disability and transitional protection

    Last updated: February 12, 2018
    test case

    R (TD, AD and IM) v SSWP CO/590/2018

    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.

  • Tax credits: moving on to universal credit


    factsheet

    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


    factsheet

    This factsheet outlines the process by which universal credit will replace many existing benefits and summarises the main rules affecting claimants. It has been updated to include changes from January 2018, and a revised timetable for Scotland from the DWP.

  • ESA/UC: appeals and previous medical reports

    Issue 261 (December 2017)
    article

    Simon Osborne reviews recent caselaw and guidance concerning when a tribunal considering an appeal about the work capability assessment should call for the previous medical report.

  • Universal credit and disabled students

    Issue 261 (December 2017)
    article

    Angela Toal describes a problem and some possible solutions regarding disabled students attempting to claim universal credit.

  • Childcare support for working families

    Level: Basic

    training course

    This half-day course is for people working in childcare and early years, who want to know more about the support available for working families and help them to avoid common benefit problems. It concentrates on who can get help with the costs of childcare through the social security system, and how this interacts with other sources of support, including the new tax-free childcare scheme. No previous knowledge of benefits is required.

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  • Income maximisation for families

    Level: Basic

    training course

    This half-day course looks at changes to benefits for people starting a family and families with young children, both in and out of work.

    Maximising income in the early years is vital for children’s health, education and development. This course aims to give frontline workers a basic awareness to help you to identify problems and refer on where appropriate.

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  • Maximising benefits for rent

    Level: Standard

    training course

    Thousands of tenants each year are evicted by social landlords, usually for rent arrears. Yet large amounts of housing benefit (HB) go unclaimed. With high levels of arrears in universal credit (UC), evictions seem set to be a continuing problem. This practical course is aimed at housing workers and advisers who need to maximise the uptake of housing benefit or the housing costs element of universal credit, and thereby minimise arrears and reduce the threat of eviction.

     

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