New rules in the Universal Credit scheme could leave 200,000 claimants waiting six months for their benefits

Benefit tales

The changes have caused concern over a potential rise in rent arrears.

( I found this on Landlordnews.co.uk, so clearly it is of concern to Landlords!)

The new regulations were laid in Parliament last week and have been described by social housing providers as likely to lead to an increase in difficulty and evictions.

At present, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) calculates a person’s Universal Credit monthly. If they earn over a certain threshold that month, their entitlement is reduced or removed. Under the new rules, the DWP will take six months of previous earnings into account.

This means that for a claimant who earns a higher amount in one month, but nothing the next month, they may be unable to claim for up to six months. The change only applies to those making repeating claims within six months of a previous claim ending.

The DWP predicts…

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