universal credit

  • Universal credit and students

    Level: Standard

    training course

    With the introduction of universal credit, the benefit rules for students as we know them are swept away and new rules set up in their place. This one-day course explains which students will be able to claim universal credit and how student funding will affect the amount they get.

    The course covers:

    • An overview of universal credit
    • Who is a full-time student for universal credit
    • Which students can claim
    • The interaction with Scottish student funding
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  • Universal credit - effective claims


    training course

    For some people, claiming universal credit is far from easy. But there are simple ways that you can help clients get their claim right first time. This practical course is aimed at housing staff, support workers and any frontline professionals supporting low-income people. It will help you support clients to avoid common pitfalls that can lead to payment problems.

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  • ‘Closing’ universal credit claims

    Issue 260 (October 2017)
    article

    Martin Williams looks at the DWP practice of ‘closing’ claims to universal credit (UC).

  • ‘Two-child limit’: the exceptions

    Issue 260 (October 2017)
    article

    Following the introduction of the ‘two-child limit’ in April 2017 (as described in Bulletin 257), Mark Willis takes a closer look at the exceptions now that government guidance is available.

    NB: The 'interim period' during which transitional protection applies in universal credit to children born before 6 April 2017 has now been extended to 31 January 2019 following November 2018 Budget announcement.

  • Opposition Day Debate: Pause and fix of roll-out of Universal Credit briefing for MPs

    October 2017
    briefing

    Read our briefing for MPs in advance of the Opposition Day Debate: Pause and fix of roll-out of Universal Credit, after Prime Minister’s Questions, Wednesday 18th October 2017.

  • UC earnings and problems

    Issue 259 (August 2017)
    article

    David Simmons describes some of the issues when a claimant is paid twice during a universal credit (UC) monthly assessment period.

  • From ESA to UC

    Issue 259 (August 2017)
    article

    Simon Osborne looks at the rules regarding claimants ‘migrating’ from employment and support allowance (ESA) to universal credit (UC).

  • Housing costs for 18 to 21 year olds

    Issue 258 (June 2017)
    article

    Gwyneth King considers changes removing entitlement to universal credit (UC) housing costs for some 18–21-year-olds.

  • Universal Credit - full service (NEW)

    Level: Standard

    training course

    The roll out of universal credit (UC) full service is underway. Many more people claim UC in the full service, including families, those with health conditions and those in work. People need to make and maintain their claims online.

    This course draws on experience emerging from areas where UC full service is operating. You will learn who is affected, how best to support them, particularly those who are vulnerable or in difficult circumstances, and also have a chance to refresh your knowledge of UC entitlement and calculations.

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  • ESA and UC: components axed

    Issue 257 (April 2017)
    article

    The employment and support allowance (ESA) component for work-related activity and the universal credit (UC) element for limited capability for work have been abolished from 3 April 2017. Simon Osborne describes the rules, including who can still be entitled.