Universal Credit Update – October 2017

October 2017

In September 2017, the North East Homeless Think Tank hosted a ‘Turning Research into Practice’ seminar on the impacts of Universal Credit on lives of people affected by or at risk of homelessness and housing and support providers. The event was attended by representatives from local authorities, housing associations and third sector organisations from across the North East. Read the full report from the seminar here.

Exemptions and rules on work conditionality and sanctions

Guidance on sanctions for DWP officers:

Advice for decision making (ADM) and ADM memos – on Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment, contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance and contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance for people who are eligible for Universal Credit 

Several chapters and memos provide guidance on work related activity and sanctions. For example, Chapter J1 on the claimant commitment, J3 on work related requirements, K1 – sanctions – general principles and so on.

See the Decision Makers Guide – on other benefits. It states We publish this guide to help people understand how we make decisions.”

For colleagues working in Newcastle, Newcastle City Council are hosting a a number of workshops on sanctions and financial inclusion. Details:

Newcastle City Council and Job Centre Plus have produced a short guide to sanctions which is available on the benefits information webpage.

YHN and Universal Credit

See this information on UC by YHN who encourage tenants to engage as early as possible with them in order to avoid problems.

Universal Credit information

General information can be found here and the for more detailed information, please click here.



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