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  • LHA/Universal Credit

    Universal Credit "Full Service" alert!

    Good morning

    The RLA has just released new dates for my Universal Credit training seminars. https://news.rla.org.uk/universal-credit...-prepared/ For those of you currently involved with LHA and Universal Credit tenants, it's very much in your interests to familiarise yourself with the complicated and sometimes anomalous operations of Full Service delivery.

    The initial or "LIVE" version of UC's operation affected only the very simplest of cases. Full Service removes the barriers to entry allowing claims from all claimant types, including couples, single parents, families with disabilities and/or complex needs. Transitional Protection should be applied to prevent actual losses when claims are invited from existing Housing Benefit (LHA), Income Support, JSA, ESA, Tax Credits during what is called the "managed migration" but will DWP apply the protection and for how long will this exist?

    UCFS does away with "two exclusive rooms" or 2 X 2 as it's often referred to, and "common household" type claims, where much higher rewards can currently be achieved.

    Claims will not be accepted, during periods of sanctions/refusal, on the basis of NIL INCOME as currently happens with LHA.

    Official error overpayments are recoverable from either tenants or landlords under UC - again, unlike LHA.

    There's no overlapping or "two homes rule", very restricted backdating, and no appeals against the refusal of the "housing costs" being redirected to the landlord.

    There are some positives as well, and many ways to mitigate potential losses, but I'll keep them up my sleeve at present and reveal them on the day.

    If you're involved in the LHA/UC market you need to "invest to save" in your business.

    Bill Irvine

    UC Advice & Advocacy Ltd

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    Hi Bill.  Are you running the Autumn RLA courses too?  I value you as a speaker and want to check that you are delivering/putting the training together.


    Best wishes


    Cheryl

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