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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>Currently those aged 25-34 who have spent 3 months in a homeless hostel for the purposes of rehabilitation/re-settlement are exempt from the shared accommodation rate throughout the UK. As announced in the Spring Budget earlier this year, the Government will amend legislation to extend this exemption to those under 25.</p><p> </p><p>As well as legislation, the change to the shared accommodation rate exemption will require amendments to local authority and universal credit IT systems therefore it will take time to implement.</p><p> </p><p>In the meantime, for individuals who may require more support and whose circumstances may make it difficult for them to share accommodation, Discretionary Housing Payments are available.</p><p> </p><p>Since 2011 the Government has provided over £1bn to local authorities to help support vulnerable claimants with housing costs. In addition, at the spending round last year, we announced an extra £40 million for DHPs in 2020/21 in England and Wales, helping to tackle affordability pressures in the private rented sector.</p>
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unstar this property label Biography information for Zarah Sultana more like this
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>In response to Covid-19 we increased Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates to the 30<sup>th</sup> percentile of local rents, providing additional financial support for private renters. This significant investment of almost £1 billion, ensures over 1 million households will see an increase, on average, of £600 per year.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>For renters whose circumstances mean they may require more support, Discretionary Housing Payments are also available. We have already provided £180m in Discretionary Housing Payment funding to local authorities to support vulnerable claimants with housing costs in the private and social rented sector in England and Wales for 2020/21. This includes an extra £40m announced at the spending round.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Zarah Sultana more like this
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>We have increased the Universal Credit standard allowance for all claimants (including those Under 25) by £20 per week for the next 12 months – equivalent to up to £1,040 a year.</p><p> </p><p>This is in addition to the 1.7% inflation increase (announced Nov 2019) as part of the Government’s decision to end the benefits freeze and means more financial support for millions of people across the UK.</p><p> </p><p>There are no plans to further increase the Universal Credit standard allowance for Under 25s.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Zarah Sultana more like this
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>Employment and Support Allowance, Jobseeker’s Allowance and Income Support were increased by 1.7% in April 2020 following the Government’s announcement to end the benefit freeze.</p><p> </p><p>It has always been the case that claimants on legacy benefits can make a claim for Universal Credit (UC) if they believe that they will be better off. There are special arrangements for those in receipt of the Severe Disability Premium, who will be able to make a new claim to Universal Credit from January 2021.</p><p> </p><p>Claimants should check their eligibility before applying to UC as legacy benefits will end when they submit their claim and they will not be able to return to them in the future. For this reason, prospective claimants are signposted to independent benefits calculators on GOV.UK. Neither DWP nor HMRC can advise individual claimants whether they would be better off moving to UC or remaining on legacy benefits.</p><p> </p><p>From 22 July 2020, a two-week run on of Income Support, Employment and Support Allowance (IR) and Jobseeker’s Allowance (IB) is available for all claimants whose claim to UC ends entitlement to these benefits, to provide additional support for claimants moving to UC.</p>
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unstar this property label Biography information for Zarah Sultana more like this
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Department is currently working on the literature review and a release date is yet to be determined.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p /> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Yvette Cooper more like this
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>This Government is committed to supporting the most vulnerable in society. The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions engages regularly with her counterparts, including the Secretary of State for Education.</p><p> </p><p>Secretaries of State will continue to talk across government to ensure all the levers available are used to tackle poverty, including for the most disadvantaged children and families. The Department for Environment and Rural Affairs also established a cross-government Task Force on Food and Other Essential Supplies for Vulnerable People.</p><p> </p><p>We have taken unprecedented action to support and protect jobs, with over 9.5 million people having been supported through the furlough scheme. The Department for Work and Pensions quickly introduced a package of support, including welfare changes worth £9.3bn this year to help people with the financial consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.</p><p> </p><p>The Government established a £500m local authority hardship fund to protect people, by banning evictions, securing mortgage holidays and helping with energy bills. It has provided a further £63m to local authorities in England for their Welfare Assistance schemes to help those families struggling to afford food and other essentials.</p>
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unstar this property label Biography information for Yasmin Qureshi more like this
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The available information on the number of households with children with Universal Credit in payment, by parliamentary constituency, is published and can be found at:</p><p><a href="https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/" target="_blank">https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/</a></p><p> </p><p>Guidance on how to extract the information required can be found at:</p><p><a href="https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started.html" target="_blank">https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started.html</a></p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Wera Hobhouse more like this
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>I refer the Hon Members to the answer I gave on 1 July 2020 to Question UIN 63208:</p><p><a href="https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2020-06-23/63208/" target="_blank">https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2020-06-23/63208/</a></p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Wendy Chamberlain more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>No such estimate has been made.</p><p> </p><p>Carer’s Allowance is taken into account in the calculation of Universal Credit in the same way as the benefits it replaced.</p><p> </p><p>Universal Credit includes an additional amount for carers at the rate of £162.92 per monthly assessment period. This amount recognises the additional contribution and responsibilities associated with caring.</p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Wendy Chamberlain more like this
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>There is no change to the period of assessment for Universal Credit.</p><p> </p><p>The Court of Appeal’s Judgment in the case of <em>Johnson and others</em> affects a small minority of claimants in very specific circumstances and the estimated cost is expected to be minimal. Those affected receive two calendar monthly payments of earnings in one assessment period and may lose out if they are entitled to a work allowance. We know that this issue can occur when a claimant’s monthly pay date and the last day of their assessment period are close together.</p><p> </p><p>The legislation we laid on the 20<sup>th</sup> October, revises those arrangements and provides a remedy that satisfies the Court of Appeal Judgment in the case of <em>Johnson and Others. </em>This legislation came into force on 16<sup>th</sup> November and means that in future for cases affected by this issue, monthly earnings will be reallocated to another assessment period, which means that only one set of earnings will be taken into account rather than two, and certain claimants will be able to benefit from any applicable work allowance.</p>
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unstar this property label Biography information for Wendy Chamberlain more like this