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unstar this property answer text No one has to wait five weeks for their first payment. New claim advances are available to support those in financial need until their first payment is made.<p /><p /><p />Claimants can access up to 100% of the total expected monthly award, which they can pay back over a period of up to 12 months. We have announced that from October 2021, the repayment period for these advances will be extended further, to 16 months.<p /><p /><p>Our Work Coaches gauge claimants’ financial needs from their first interview. As part of this, every claimant is offered an advance payment on application. Proposed repayments of the advance are explained, and all claimants are advised to request a level of advance which is manageable both now and when considering the repayments required.</p><p />Work Coaches can also refer claimants to more specialist support for personal budgeting and money guidance if required.<p /><p /><p>The Department has delivered a number of improvements to support claimants during their first assessment period, such as removing waiting days and paying those claimants moving from Housing Benefit onto Universal Credit a two week ‘transitional housing payment’. We are also introducing a two-week run on for eligible claimants of Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance from July 2020.</p><p /><p />
1133684
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unstar this property answer text <p>‘PP Collection Charges’ are Paying Parent Collection Charges. They are set at a rate of 20%, which is added to the Child Maintenance a Receiving Parent is due to be paid, and collected once a payment is received from the Paying Parent.</p><p> </p><p>‘RP Collection Charges are Receiving Parent Collection Charges. They are set at a rate of 4%, which is deducted from the amount of money paid by a Paying Parent before CMG send the payment onto the Receiving Parent.</p><p> </p><p>These are the 3 most recent years we are able to report on. The 2018/19 CMS Annual Report and Accounts haven’t been audited yet so we are unable to include these figures.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p><strong>2017-18</strong></p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p><strong>Q1</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Q2</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Q3</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Q4</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Total</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>PP Collection Charge</p></td><td><p>20%</p></td><td><p>3,442,499</p></td><td><p>3,950,790</p></td><td><p>4,354,306</p></td><td><p>5,130,117</p></td><td><p><strong>16,877,712</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>RP Collection Charge</p></td><td><p>4%</p></td><td><p>662,253</p></td><td><p>758,110</p></td><td><p>831,407</p></td><td><p>988,763</p></td><td><p><strong>3,240,532</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p><strong>2016-17</strong></p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p><strong>Q1</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Q2</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Q3</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Q4</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Total</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>PP Collection Charge</p></td><td><p>20%</p></td><td><p>2,139,708</p></td><td><p>2,433,748</p></td><td><p>2,756,592</p></td><td><p>3,163,725</p></td><td><p><strong>10,493,773</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>RP Collection Charge</p></td><td><p>4%</p></td><td><p>414,140</p></td><td><p>471,370</p></td><td><p>532,039</p></td><td><p>608,169</p></td><td><p><strong>2,025,718</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p><strong>2015-16</strong></p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p><strong>Q1</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Q2</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Q3</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Q4</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Total</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>PP Collection Charge</p></td><td><p>20%</p></td><td><p>1,020,053</p></td><td><p>1,245,433</p></td><td><p>1,528,716</p></td><td><p>1,779,062</p></td><td><p><strong>5,573,264</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>RP Collection Charge</p></td><td><p>4%</p></td><td><p>200,423</p></td><td><p>243,329</p></td><td><p>296,804</p></td><td><p>345,797</p></td><td><p><strong>1,086,353</strong></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p>
1339559
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unstar this property answer text <p>a) There were 311,000 claims for which the Local Housing Allowance did not cover rent that had a Universal Credit Advance Deduction. This accounts for 6% of households on Universal Credit.</p><p> </p><p>b) There were 57,000 claims for which the Local Housing Allowance did not cover rent that had a Universal Credit Overpayment Deduction. This accounts for 1% of households on Universal Credit.</p><p> </p><p>c) There were 110,000 claims for which the Local Housing Allowance did not cover rent that had a Tax Credit Overpayment Deduction. This accounts for 2% of households on Universal Credit.</p><p> </p><p>Claimants can also apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) from their local authority if they need additional support to meet housing costs. We have provided over £1 billion in DHP funding since 2011 to support thousands of families and local authorities are able to top up payments up to 2.5 times their allocation.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Notes:</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>Figures are provisional and are subject to retrospective change as later data becomes available.</p><p>Claim numbers may not match official statistics caseloads due to small methodological differences.</p>
1327540
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unstar this property answer text <p>a) The information on Local Housing Allowance relative to rent is published and available at: <a href="https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk" target="_blank"><strong>https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk</strong></a>. Guidance for users is available at: <strong><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></strong></p><p> </p><p>b) In February 2021 for those claims in the private rented sector with housing entitlement there were:</p><p>i) 488,000 claims with a Universal Credit Advance Deduction</p><p>ii) 99,000 claims with a Universal Credit Overpayment Deduction</p><p>iii) 179,000 claims with a Tax Credit Overpayment Deduction</p><p> </p><p>Notes:</p><p>1) Figures are rounded to the nearest 1,000.</p><p>2) The Universal Credit Overpayments and Tax Credit Overpayments figures do not include deductions due to fraud.</p><p>3) Figures are only available up to February 2021 to correspond with the latest UC Official Statistics.</p>
1198540
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unstar this property answer text <p>a) Claimants move from existing benefits to Universal Credit when they experience a significant change in their circumstances that triggers a new claim to benefit. We do not centrally collate the number of claimants that have made a new claim to Universal Credit as a result of such a change in circumstances.</p><p> </p><p>Data surrounding Universal Credit caseload growth at national, regional and constituency level is published at: <a href="https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/" target="_blank">https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk </a></p><p>Guidance for users is available 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><p> </p><p> </p><p>b) The Move to UC Pilot has been temporarily suspended following the outbreak of COVID-19.</p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>You can dial all of the 0800 numbers from abroad using the 0044 prefix. If a claimant does find themselves needing to dial an 0800 number from abroad, then they may incur charges at the standard international rate. This cost will vary depending on where they are calling from.</p><p><strong> </strong></p> more like this
1190825
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unstar this property answer text <p>Yes</p> more like this
1222608
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unstar this property answer text <p>Yes - claimants who were previously in receipt of legacy benefits who migrated to and were awarded Universal Credit can re-apply for Universal Credit if that award has ended. Universal Credit will then be re-awarded if they meet the conditions of entitlement.</p> more like this
1274701
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unstar this property answer text <p>Work Coaches and Case Managers are prevented from amending or deleting Universal Credit journal entries made by a claimant.</p><p> </p><p>Staff members can retrospectively amend information they have posted to the Universal Credit journal, however claimants should receive an explanation to justify the amendment.</p> more like this
1226560
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unstar this property answer text <p>Work Allowances remain focussed on providing an additional work incentive for some of the more vulnerable claimants and are just one of many elements of Universal Credit designed to provide work incentives and support to people moving into and progressing in work.</p><p> </p><p>The Government has made significant investment to improve Universal Credit’s generosity through the reduction in the taper rate from 65% to 63% in 2017, and an extra £1.7 billion a year put into Work Allowances by 2023/24, increasing them by £1,000 a year for working parents and disabled claimants, from April 2019 - an extra £630 a year in the pockets of 2.4 million of the lowest paid families.</p> more like this