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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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Ask 4: CAB funding just isn’t enough…

SFHA, together with its sister UK housing federations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, is calling for six changes to be made to Universal Credit in order to improve the whole system for tenants and housing associations. SFHA has invited six guest bloggers to write about one of the #SixAsks. Today, Catherine Louch, Housing Manager, Prospect Community Housing, Edinburgh, explains why, despite the DWP funding CAS to deliver the Help to Claim programme, funding for support and advice services must be increased to make sure people do not miss out on entitlement.

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Ask 5: Making Universal Credit work for workers

SFHA, together with its sister UK housing federations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, is calling for six changes to be made to Universal Credit in order to improve the whole system for tenants and housing associations. SFHA has invited six guest bloggers to write about one of the #SixAsks. Today, John Dickie, Director of the Child Poverty Action Group, explains why it is vital that Universal Credit works for everyone, including those who are working.

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Ask 6: In the name of justice and compassion: we must end the freeze

SFHA, together with its sister UK housing federations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, is calling for six changes to be made to Universal Credit in order to improve the whole system for tenants and housing associations. SFHA has invited six guest bloggers to write about one of the #SixAsks. Today, Peter Kelly, Director of the Poverty Alliance, details why the benefits freeze must be ended. 

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Ask 2: DWP must restore implicit consent

SFHA, together with its sister UK housing federations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, is calling for six changes to be made to Universal Credit in order to improve the whole system for tenants and housing associations. SFHA has invited six guest bloggers to write about one of the #SixAsks. Today, Rhona Penman, Advice Services Co-ordinator, Link Group, explains why implicit consent should be restored.

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Ask 1: Universal Credit is making us hungry – end the five-week wait

SFHA, together with its sister UK housing federations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, is calling for six changes to be made to Universal Credit in order to improve the whole system for tenants and housing associations. SFHA has invited six guest bloggers to write about one of the #SixAsks. Today, Polly Jones, Project Manager at A Menu for Change, explains why the five-week wait for payment must end.

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SFHA Universal Credit survey results are in for February 2019

How is Universal Credit affecting housing associations and their tenants? SFHA Research and Policy Officer explains what our members told us in the February 2019 Universal Credit survey.

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Universal Credit Help to Claim Service

Help to Claim offers independent, tailored and practical support to help people make a Universal Credit claim and receive their first full payment on time.

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No joke: April generates a flurry of verification requests on landlord portals

A number of associations have reported that they have received a high number of verification requests from the DWP following rent changes occurring on 1 April.

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