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Social Security Update Feb 2019

With Universal Credit Full Service now rolled out to all Job Centres, processes are gradually being refined that offer the hope of a better outcome for housing associations and cooperatives. The SFHA has also been invited to submit evidence to the Scottish Parliament Social Security Committee.

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Burying bad news: DWP uses attention on meaningful Brexit vote to announce new rules

Changes to the rules around benefits for couples whose ages lie either side of the state pension date mean that they could lose up to £7,000 in a year. The Government announced the change just as attention was on the meaningful vote in the House of Commons  on the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal. Housing associations are encouraged to see that there is maximum take up prior to the changes coming into effect on 15 May, 2019

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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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National Audit Office launches UC consultation

National Audit Office launches consultation to help inform investigation into process of making a claim and getting to the first payment.

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DWP delays completion date for Universal Credit – again

Completion date for Universal Credit to be delayed until September 2024.

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Social security system needs urgent reform

Blog by Jeremy Hewer, SFHA Policy Lead.

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Closing this Friday: Universal Credit Survey October 2019

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

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Carers to receive extra funding by Christmas

Majority of carers will receive their next payment of Carer’s Allowance Supplement on Friday 13 December.  

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Rising private rents could increase demand in social housing sector

Latest private rent statistics released by Scottish Government.

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Universal Credit Impact Survey shows mixed results

The latest returns for SFHA's Universal Credit Impact Survey for September 2019.

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