Universal Credit impacts for homelessness

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Date(s) - 28/09/2017
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Turning Research into Practice seminars

Universal Credit impacts for homelessness

28th September 2017 | 11.00am-1.00pm

Room 230, Lipman Building, City Campus East 1, Northumbria University, Newcastle

Please stay for lunch and networking from 1.15pm

This series of seminars has been set up by the North East Homelessness Think Tank for practitioners in the homelessness sector and associated organisations to hear about relevant policy and research findings. Our aim is to help local organisations working with people experiencing homelessness to be able to learn from good practice and innovative approaches to tackling and preventing homelessness in their daily practice.

In this seminar, we will investigate the impact of the implementation of Universal Credit on the lives of people affected by or at risk of homelessness and housing and support providers.

Attendance is particularly invited from: supported housing and homelessness organisations, local authority housing options teams, community safety teams and commissioners, housing providers, Job Centre Plus staff, advice services and researchers. Feel free to pass this flyer to others (but spaces are limited).

Download a booking form HERE

Please return completed forms to arron@yhne.org.uk

About Universal Credit

Universal Credit is a single monthly payment for people in or out of work replacing a series of separate benefit and tax credits; Housing benefit, Child Tax Credit, Income support, Working Tax Credit, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance and Income-related Employment and Support Allowance. The new regulations have been implemented from 1st April 2017 with a phased rollout across the country.

Key facts:

Young people aged 18 – 21 years old are no longer automatically entitled to receive the housing element of UC.
Financial support for rent will be included in monthly UC payments that claimants are responsible for paying directly to the landlord.
Couples will receive a single monthly joint payment paid into a single bank account.
UC is paid monthly in arrears so it can take up to six weeks until the first payment is received.
Claims must be made online.


The North East Homelessness Think Tank was established during 2012, aiming to inform and influence policies affecting homeless people through research, campaigning and other collaborative activities. NEHTT uses the knowledge and resources of its members in the North East to influence policy locally, regionally and nationally.

Members include academics, researchers and policy officers (from Youth Homeless North East, Homeless Link, Shelter, Crisis, Oasis Aquila, Changing Lives, the Institute for Public Policy and Research North, Northern Housing Consortium, National Housing Federation, Justlife and Northumbria University) as well as independent specialists.

You can read more about NEHTT on our page of the Youth Homeless North East website:



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