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Universal Credit Survey - January 2019

How is Universal Credit affecting your business and tenants? Tell us in this month’s Universal Credit survey!

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Submit your Universal Credit case studies

SFHA requests members' case studies on Universal Credit to inform future lobbying.

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SFHA Launches UC Case Study Template

There has for some time run monthly surveys of of members in an attempt to gauge the impact of Universal Credit on housing association and cooperatives and their tenants. It is now additionally asking members to provide case studies where there have been significant issues in the way individual cases have been dealt with.

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Response Submitted to Social Security Advisory Committee’s Consultation

The SFHA and HSEU have submitted a response to the Social Security Advisory Committee’s consultation on the regulations for the managed migration of claimants on legacy benefits over to Universal Credit. 

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Landlords will be asked by the DWP to re-verify housing costs when Live Service claimants move to Full Service

The DWP has written to the SFHA to advise that claimants currently on the Live Service will have to declare again their housing costs, which will then prompt the DWP to request landlords for a re-verification.

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Social Security Update July 2018

Consultation opens on regulations covering migration of legacy benefit claimants to Universal Credit and NAO delivers critical report on Universal Credit rollout

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Five asks, Welfare Conditionality and the Challenge of UC Choices

The SFHA, IRRV and CIH have highlighted the risks associated with the transition to Universal Credit for mitigating the bedroom tax. The SFHA is also working with the other UK housing federations to press for process improvements essential for Universal Credit.

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Welfare Benefit Update

A number of changes to Universal Credit came into effect this month. 

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Closing this week: SFHA Universal Credit survey

How is Universal Credit affecting your business and tenants? SFHA Research and Policy Officer, Conor Hill, introduces the new look Universal Credit survey.

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Social Security Committee: Universal Credit causes destitution

Holyrood’s Social Security Committee has raised deep concerns with Universal Credit in its latest report into in-work poverty.

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Social Security Committee calls for views into support for housing

The Scottish Parliament’s Social Security Committee launches inquiry into social security support for housing.

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NEW DATE for SFHA roundtable on Natural Migration Inquiry

The House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee has launched an inquiry into the natural migration of claimants who were previously in receipt of legacy benefits to Universal Credit.

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Free Personal and Nursing Care Guidance Published

Legislation has been passed that entitles all adults – irrespective of age, condition, socio-economic position or marital status – to free personal care. Starting in April 2019, plans are well underway to help stakeholders get ready for this change. Yvette Burgess, Director of the Housing Support Enabling Unit, highlights what SFHA members need to know.

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Mixed age couples urged to act now on Pension Credit

The DWP is to change in May the eligibility criteria for Pension Credit, which will adversely affect couples whose ages fall either side of the qualifying age.

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Something old, something new, something borrowed for Universal Credit

Two events, staged not many miles apart, took place on Friday which may well affect the eventual implementation of Universal Credit, so Jeremy Hewer, SFHA's policy advisor, digs a bit deeper. 

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Loretto helps tenant land over £20k in backdated benefit payments

Loretto Housing has helped one of its tenants receive backdated benefit payments of £21,000 after its benefit advisor noticed a mistake while helping her fill in some forms.

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