UC claimant turning pension age

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    nancyowens
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    Hi,

    We have a new HB claim from a UC claimant who is turning pension age on 24th September. Her UC assessment period runs until 2nd October, so she will continue to get UC until then, although her State Pension entitlement will begin on 24th September.

    An initial assessment shows that she would be entitled to max HB based on UC passporting her for the first 2 weeks of her claim, but she does not qualify once the UC ends because her income (state pension and occ pension) is too high.

    Is this correct way to assess the claim? Should we be including the UC as passport income until it ends? Or should we be ignoring it? She is living in general needs accommodation, not temporary or supported.

    Thanks

    #284671
    pbirks
    Participant

    I thought Universal Credit is a disregarded income for pensioners. Its only a passporting benefit for working age customers.

    She is assessed on Pension age regs from the monday after her birthday and on her SRP / pribvate pensions etc – UC isnt part of her income for HB purposes.

    #284672
    peterdelamothe
    Keymaster

    Yes indeed. Pensioners are paid from the usual date under the HB pension regs and will usually gain by the switch from one benefit UC to another HB. Claimants don’t get much but here is one example where they usually do. There is nothing in the regs to stop them going a “bonus”. It does not matter what UC do…the HB regs are applied in the normal way.

    #284679
    John Boxall
    Participant

    Of course the real corkers are where payment of UC merrily carries on after the claimant reaches retirement age, which doesnt inspire confidence in the UC system

    Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery. The blossom is blighted, the leaf is withered, the god of day goes down upon the dreary scene, and—and in short you are for ever floored.

    Wilkins Micawber, Ch12 David Copperfield

    #284682
    peterdelamothe
    Keymaster

    As Peter barker has pointed out these are errors made by DWP. The DWP are entitled to claim the money back at any time; little right of appeal in the UC system against “official errors”. if any. As tax credit managed migration continues billions of alleged tax credit debt is being dumped on the UC system. Tough for anyone to find out when it applied and why and challenge.

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