Universal Credit: 28/04/2018 Robert Thompson Southwark How can

Universal Credit: 28/04/2018 Robert Thompson Southwark How can

Universal Credit: 28/04/2018 Robert Thompson Southwark How can carers access the Carers Advice Service? Referral received We aim to call the carer to discuss their issue within 1 working day

Referral number: 0207 358 8711 Referrals can be made via Email or printed information to assist with self-help A face-to-face (or telephone) appointment with an adviser Signpost or referral to relevant organisation How can carers access the Carers Advice Service?

Email or printed information to assist with self-help Call us or leave a voicemail Drop us an email Attend drop-in sessions at Peckham or Bermondsey Carers Local Line: 0207 358 8711 offices Contact us by email form available at A face-to-face (or telephone) appointment

with an adviser Signpost or referral to relevant organisation Digital Support Drop-in Drop-in sessions across multiple locations including: The Green, Nunhead Blue Anchor Library Leathermarket JMB

Neckinger TRA Lewington Centre www.citizensadvicesouthwark.org.uk for the full calendar. What were going to 1. What Universal Credit is and who can claim; cover 2. How much you can get; 3. The things you may be expected to do; 4. If you or someone you look after is unwell; 5. If something goes wrong. What is Universal One

monthly payment that replaces 6 old legacy benefits. It Credit? only applies to working age people. BENEFITS THAT GO Income based JSA; income based Employment and Support Allowance; Income Support; Working Tax Credits; Child Tax Credits;

Housing Benefit. BENEFITS THAT STAY PIP, DLA, Attendance Allowance; Child Benefit Council Tax Reduction; Carers Allowance; Benefits for people who are Pension Credit Age

Contribution-based ESA and JSA And many more The good and the bad THE GOOD Your income is usually automatically given to the DWP so you don't have to keep updating them A lot of your earnings can be ignored so you can be better off Theres less benefit claims to deal with at once Its online if youre good at computers It gives you a breakdown and a history of everything online

You dont always need to call the DWP if theres a problem THE BAD It can be complicated to understand how it all works It can be difficult if youre not good with computers The amount you get might be less than under the old system You may have to wait longer between payments

This is what your Home screen looks like Example payment breakdown . You get one for Exampl e journal

history When to apply? If you are already getting all of the legacy benefits youre entitled to then you dont need to do anything. You will be moved onto UC in the coming years, and get transitional protection so you dont lose out if youd get less. If there is a change of circumstance that means you need to apply for any of the replaced benefits, then you will need to make a new claim for Universal Credit instead if you are eligible to claim. E.g. Youre on JSA and become sick so want to apply for ESA, youd have to claim UC instead. Who can apply? Not There are some cases in which you cannot

everyone! claim Universal Credit. If these apply to you, you need to apply for legacy benefits instead. 1. If youre in supported accommodation; 2. If you live somewhere UC isnt introduced; 3. If you are responsible for more than two children; 4. And many more Consider getting advice if youre not sure. How to apply You apply online. No need to make a call. Most communication is done through your online journal; Tasks you have to do appear in your todo list (see picture); You have to accept a tailored claimant

commitment, e.g. I will look for work for 16 hours per week; Earnings are calculated each month using HMRC data so most people dont have to keep updating information. How much UC can you get? Unfortunately no easy answer use a benefits calculator on the web Examples are included for you Working out UC is a five-step process: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Check the amount of savings they have; Add up the total they could get (based on circumstances); If theyre working check if any of their income is ignored; Deduct any earnings that arent ignored; Apply the benefit cap. Example: Jane Lets walk through the process with Jane. Janes circumstances: Jane is 55 years-old. Jane has no savings. Jane is single. Jane has a one daughter who is 14. Jane gets DLA Middle Rate Care for her daughter. Jane is a council tenant with 100 per week rent. Jane works part-time and earns 200 per month. Jane has a personal pension of 50 per month.

Step 1: Savings First we check Janes savings. We know that Jane has no savings so this is okay. If Jane had more than 16,000 in savings Jane would not be able to claim Universal Credit. If Jane had more between 6,000 and 16,000 in savings they would be taken away at the end. 1. Savings 2. Maximum amount 3 Check ignored earnings

4. Deduct any income 5. Benefit Cap Total: 1310.46 Step 2: Maximum amount 156.45 Carer Element We check all the different bits of Universal Credit that Jane can get. Theyre like lego blocks with each block being worth an amount of money. All of the blocks added together is the maximum Universal Credit that Jane could get before considering any deductions.

433 Housing Element 126.11 Disabled Child Element Theres blocks for: each person to live on (a standard allowance), for having a child (a child element), for having a child on DLA (a disabled child element), for having housing cost (a housing element) ad for being a carer (a carer element). 277.08 Child Element 317.82 Standard Allowance 1. Savings 2. Maximum

amount 3 Check ignored earnings 4. Deduct any income 5. Benefit Cap Step 3: Check for ignored earnings Now that we know the total UC Jane can get is 1310 we need to take away any earnings. Before we do this we check if any of Janes earnings are ignored. If the right circumstances are met the DWP will either ignore 192 of Janes earnings or 397, depending on her circumstances. In this case 192 of Janes earnings are ignored because Jane has housing costs and responsibility for a child.

1. Savings 2. Maximum amount 3 Check ignored earnings 4. Deduct any income 5. Benefit Cap Step 4: Deduct any income

We know that Janes maximum UC is 1310.46. We know that Janes income is 400 per month. We ignore the first 192 of Janes earnings and so we consider Jane to have 208 of earnings that arent ignored. For every 1 of earnings Jane has that arent ignored, 63p will be taken from Janes Universal Credit. This means 131.04 is taken away from Janes UC. This means her total amount is 1179.42. We then deduct any unearned income. This includes her Pension of 50p/m. This means 50 is taken away, meaning the total is now 1129.42

1. Savings 2. Maximum amount 3 Check ignored earnings 4. Deduct any income 5. Benefit Cap Step 5: Apply benefit cap (and other deductions) We would then check if the benefit cap applied the benefit cap for Jane is

1916.67 per month. This is the maximum benefits Jane can get before the cap applies. Janes total UC is less than this so no deduction applies. 1. Savings 2. Maximum amount 3 Check ignored earnings 4. Deduct any income

5. Benefit Cap A better way! Use a benefits calculator. (or your local advice agency) Things you might have to do your commitments If you are long-term sick If youre unwell for a long time you should provide the DWP fit notes from your GP. After 3 months of providing fit notes youll be sent a form asking how your condition affects you. Once youve returned this form youll need to attend a face to face assessment. The result determine whether you get Limited Capability for Work or

Limited Capability for Work-Related Activity For new claims you need to be classed as Limited Capability for Work Related Activity get any extra amount included in your Universal Credit If you are long-term sick The form and assessment look at lots of different aspects of your life. These aspects are below and are called activities. If you are long-term sick If you have a fluctuating condition like sickle cell then you might not always meet the criteria for being classed as long term sick. The law say that the different activities must apply to the claimant for the majority of the time or, as the case may be, on the majority of the occasions on which the claimant undertakes or attempts to undertake the activity described

by that descriptor. If you are a carer If you care for someone who gets certain benefits you can get a carer element. This is 156 per month and is one the blocks that makes up the maximum Universal Credit that you can get. The person you care for needs to get Attendance Allowance, Personal Independence Payment with the Daily Living Component, or Disability Living Allowance with at least the middle-rate care component. You need to be caring at least 35 hours per week. This is the same criteria as carers allowance except it doesnt matter if you earn more than 120 per week. If youre claiming Universal Credit it doesnt usually make a difference if you claim Carers Allowance as all of this is deducted from your Universal Credit If something goes wrong

Challenge decision by writing on your journal. If your challenge is turned down you can go to an independent tribunal by filling in form SSCS1. Step 1 Get Decision Will give you a detailed breakdown of the reasons Get help if you cannot understand it Step 2 - Challenge on journal Should be done within one month; Response they will send is called a

Mandatory Reconsideration Notice Step 3 - Challenge to tribunal Use form SSCS1 which you can get from the internet. Send within a month. Send a copy of the notice with your appeal form Better to pick a face to face hearing Comments and questions

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