WELFARE REFORM UPDATE
ROLL OUT OF UNIVERSAL CREDIT FULL SERVICE
Universal Credit was first introduced to Clackmannanshire in May 2015 and December 2015 for our Fife tenants. This replaced 6 existing benefits for single people under pensionable age.
Universal Credit will now roll out to a Full Service which will apply to anyone making a new claim for Job Seeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Employment and Support Allowance, Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit or Housing Benefit, albeit with some exceptions.
This will take affect from 28th June 2017 for our Clackmannanshire tenants, except those in Clackmannan which will be on 6th December 2017. If you live in Fife it will be implemented on 6th December 2017.
If you are currently claiming one or more of these benefits or if you are already in receipt of Universal Credit from the previous Live Service then you will be transferred onto Universal Credit Full Service at a later date.
Full Service Universal Credit is applied for online and tenants are now responsible for claiming housing costs or notifying the Department of Work and Pensions of any change in circumstances. It also has implications for anyone claiming Universal Credit who are aged 18 to 21. If you claim Universal Credit from the 28th June 2017 some 18 to 21 year olds will not be entitled to help with their Housing Costs. This will apply to all new claims however, there are some exemptions to this and Housing Costs are payable in certain cases.
If you are affected by any of the above changes, or would like further information, please contact Ochil View’s Tenancy Sustainment Team or your Housing Services Officer for assistance.
Ochil View Housing Association
- owns almost 1400 homes
- has an annual turnover of £5m
- each year, invests around £2.5m in the local maintenance and construction industry
- employs 26 staff and is a Gold Award Investor in People