Department of Work and Pensions

Department of Work and Pensions

Due Diligence for Live in Landlords, including the Immigration Bill.

18 April, 20140 Comments
The biggest worry facing a live in landlord is the kind of person their lodger might be (aside from whether they’re simply compatible) – are they a criminal, likely to be violent or damage your home?  Will they pay the rent on time?  Will they respect you and your home? It’s a staggering fact that
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£140 million wasted on welfare reform IT systems that don’t work!

07 November, 20130 Comments
The DWP has been slammed by a cross-party committee regarding a ‘shocking lack of financial control’ over the governments ‘flagship’ Universal Credit programme. Universal Credit, which aims to roll several benefits into one single payment made direct to the claimant, has been scrutinised by The Public Accounts Committee – saying that any deadlines for the
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UC pilot begins | London landlords protect yourself today!

28 October, 20130 Comments
The Government is launching its next phase of its new benefits system ( Universal Credit ) in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham today. It seeks to simplify the existing system by combining 6 benefits into 1, but opponents say it is misleading and will increase debt, mass evictions and homelessness. Many landlords within
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Problems persuading DWP to switch UC housing cost payments to the landlord

23 October, 20130 Comments
Landlords in the North West are complaining about poor communication from the Department for Work and Pensions, via the “flagship” welfare reform trials. Welfare reform, via Universal Credit, is currently being trialled in Ashton-under-Lyne, Wigan, Warrington and Oldham – where benefits are merged into a single payment made direct to the claimant. Many landlords within
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Landlord claims Universal Credit will cost £8 million a year!

07 December, 20120 Comments
A landlord on a Universal Credit pilot project has claimed that the abolishment of direct payments of rent will cost it £8 million a year. Wakefield District Housing (WDH) is running one of the six pilot projects to test the effectiveness of direct payment of Universal Credit to tenants, and has calculated that the reforms
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Universal Credit | Future income of housing associations at risk

11 July, 20121 Comments
A Scottish Councillor and the Chief Executive of the SFHA have voiced their concerns regarding the impending changes to the welfare system (via Universal Credit); fearing that it could leave some city housing associations struggling to survive. When the Universal Credit system goes live, in October 2013, payments will be made directly to tenants and it
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