The secret way of changing your Universal Credit payments if you’re struggling


So there are alternatives to the standard payment and also support available, but are these advised to claimants and if not why not.

Claimants are dealing with the DWP a large official organisation of the Government and many claimants will not dare to question a DWP official or even ask for help.

Why is the DWP and their staff not upfront with this information, for it would give some guidance and could show that they are not as uncaring as they are portrayed to be. People are scared, stressed, emotional, and many other feelings and for the DWP staff to show some degree of helpfulness would be welcomed and could provide a means of working together.

There are also means for people who are not computer literate to complete their application by some other means and home visits can be arranged.

So the DWP may not be as bad as they are painted, or some of them may not be, but then some may be.

Universal Credit: MS sufferer and her carer left without money for weeks


While I agree that the rollout of Universal Credit (UC) is a shambles and the lengthy waiting period is too long 5 or 6 weeks is way too long and some are waiting even longer, why have they no welfare benefit income.

They have stated that they have Personal Independence Payment, which is not affected by UC, so they should still be receiving this.

Adam McLelland will also be entitled to Carers Allowance and while not much, being £64.60 per week, it is better than nothing.

If they are stating they do not have sufficient to live on, then that will be correct.

DWP takes away £1,200 monthly benefits for handing in renewal form late : i News


In recent months, i has been uncovering the impact the Government’s move to universal credit is having on Britons across the country. Many are suffering from long-term disabilities, yet now face cut to welfare payments that are threatening their health, and often their lives.

These include Sarah Brown*, a young mother living in the East Midlands who is entirely reliant on benefits due to being a full time carer for her disabled husband.

However, she has just been informed that almost all her payments – totalling £1,200 – are being cut, because her renewal form was returned a day late. Below, she tells her story.

A few years ago, not long after the birth of our child, an accident left my husband permanently disabled. His healthcare needs are so demanding that I had to leave work to become his full time carer, and now we are now entirely reliant on the benefits system to survive.

Our lives have been devastated by the accident, in which James* was not at fault. He can only leave the house with the aid of a mobility car paid for through a Personal Independence Payment (PIP), which is our only means of getting the four to six medical appointments he has to go to per week.

Source: DWP takes away £1,200 monthly benefits for handing in renewal form late : i News

High Court finds DWP unlawful on universal credit assessments|LeighDay.co.uk | sdbast


11 January 2019

Lord Justice Singh and Mr Justice Lewis today ruled that the DWP has been wrongly interpreting the universal credit regulations.  They said in their judgment that treating claimants as having earned twice as much as they do if they happen to receive two pay cheques in one monthly assessment period,  and as having no earnings in the next assessment period is “odd in the extreme” and “…. could be said to lead to nonsensical situations”.

They added that the DWP’s incorrect interpretation of the regulations had caused “…severe cash flow problems for the claimants living as they do on low incomes with little or no savings”.

The judicial review case, brought by solicitors Leigh Day and Child Poverty Action Group on behalf of four lone mothers, challenged the rigid, automated assessment system in universal credit which meant the mothers lost several hundreds of pounds each year and were subject to large variations in their universal credit awards because of the dates on which their paydays and universal credit ‘assessment periods’ happened to fall.

The mothers all had monthly paydays that ‘clashed’ with the dates of their monthly universal credit assessment periods, with the result that if they were paid early some months, because their payday fell on a weekend or bank holiday for example, they were treated as receiving two monthly wages in one assessment period – which in turn dramatically reduced their UC award –   and as receiving no wages at all the next month.  This is a problem which has affected many working claimants and has been widely reported in the media.

In addition to creating wildly fluctuating universal credit awards, when the mothers received two pay cheques in one assessment period, they lost the benefit of one month’s work allowance. The work allowance is the amount of earnings claimants with children or with limited capability for work can keep in full before universal credit is tapered away at a rate of 63p per pound, worth hundreds of pounds each year.

This flaw in the system has denied working parents the additional financial support that they are entitled to so as to help them in work and ensure that work always pays. The severe fluctuations in their universal credit awards and therefore their total monthly income has also caused major cash flow difficulties for parents on very low incomes, leading to them falling into debt and, for some, having to choose between paying their rent or paying their childcare costs.

 

Source: High Court finds DWP unlawful on universal credit assessments|LeighDay.co.uk | sdbast

Councils spend thousands on emergency housing payments 


It is good to know that some councils, may be all councils are un undertaking measures of this nature, but how do people in those situations know that some help may be available.

Where is this information published or is it published. If it is, is it in areas where people in need will see it, are there posters in doctors surgeries, Pharmacists, council hosing offices open to the public, if they still exist or anywhere else.

A few months ago I attended a meeting hosted I feel by Healthwatch Sheffield, or a voluntary organisation on PIP/UC where 2 persons from the DWP where giving a presentation.

They mentioned that within the last year some additional areas were added to the PIP process, one including the opportunity to receive advance payments and other aspects to minimise hardship while claimants were in the application process.

This prompted a flurry of questions about, if this is so why are there so many reports of continuing hardship and even deaths being reported.

Their response that these were a small fraction of the cases going through and in the majority no hardships were being felt and that many of the reported cases were historic, being over a year or two hold and this will not be occurring now.As in many of these reported cases dates are not mentioned, their comment could not be effectively challenged.

Except they were asked, if hardship was now not being experienced and, at least, they appeared to be honest and advised that there were most likely some but may be less than 1% of the cases being processed.

This led to more questions on the lines of one case is one too many and they did go away knowing they had been challenged and promised to feedback on the points raised.

It is now approx two months since this meeting and I have yet to receive a note of any feedback, but to be generous we have had Christmas and New Year.

But i do fear that this promise will not be fulfilled.

So again no change there, so we all need to keep challenging at every opportunity.