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Entitlement and Calculation of Housing Element Universal Credit

Entitlement and calculation of housing element universal credit Rental payments to be calculated monthly Currently, housing benefit is calculated and paid 4 weekly. A significant change of universal credit is that for tenants, payments will be made calendar monthly and as such, the housing element will be calculated monthly. Where the ...

Claiming Universal Credit

Claiming universal credit Making the claim A claim for universal credit must be made by means of an electronic communication for which a dedicated claims website will be available or in certain cases by telephone. Claims are dealt with centrally by the DWP but local authorities can assist with making claims. Couples may apply for universal ...

The Housing Costs Element of Universal Credit

The housing costs element of universal credit Housing benefit continues for now until 2017 but after rollout of universal credit is complete, housing benefit will be abolished. However, as people transition from housing benefit onto universal credit, their monthly amount will include: an amount in respect of any liability of a claimant to

When does universal credit take effect?

When does universal credit take effect? Most landlords and letting agents won’t see any real effect of universal credit until April 2014. Phase 1, April 2013 - October 2013 Phase 1 of universal credit will only rollout in four Greater Manchester boroughs namely: Tameside Warrington Oldham Wigan In addition, during this ...

What is Universal Credit?

What is universal credit? Universal Credit will sweep away the current benefits system and provide a single monthly payment for people on a low income or are out of work. It will include support for the costs of housing, children and childcare, as well as support for disabled people and carers. Universal Credit will replace: ...

What Length of Fixed Term Should a Landlord Provide?

Since the changes were announced to council tax from 1 April 2013 in particular for unoccupied and unfurnished properties, we changed our advice from suggesting 3 month fixed terms to 6 month fixed terms. We issued emails and also a rare important alert via post. (more…)

Length of Fixed Term

The length of the fixed term to give is really whatever you feel comfortable with. When the Housing Act 1988 came into force, it used to be the case that a minimum term of six months was required under section 20 Housing Act 1988. However, section 96 Housing Act 1996 abolished this rule for all new tenancies from 27 February 1997 by inserting

Are Private Landlords Prepared for Welfare Reforms?

Last night saw 50 + concerned members of the Guild of Residential Landlords attend a forum in Cardiff to hear more about how welfare reforms could affect their business and in particular Universal Credit. Given the recent articles on Welfare Reform and the sharp increase in rent arrears seen by the DWP demonstration projects, in particular ...

Universal Credit – Welfare Reform Legislation Links

Mainly for the benefit of myself for researching universal credit, below is a list and links to all the relevant legislation in connection with welfare reform and universal credit. If anybody else gets some use from this list, then that makes it worthwhile. Please note this list is as at March 2013. I have no plans in keeping it up to date ...