Welfare groups applying pressure regarding direct payment in UC

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    Anonymous
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    #106729
    peterdelamothe
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    Interesting. The more pressure to pay direct, the longer it will take to introduce UC I reckon.

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    Kevin D
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    It’s a shame the article contains so many inaccuracies. Hardly helps its credibility.

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    Anonymous
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    The Welfare Reform Bill brings Universal Credit into the family of social security benefits governed by the Social Security Administration Act 1992 and in particular it is coverd by s5 which allows regs to make arrangements concerning claims and payments. Section 5(1)(p) allows Regs to provide for payment of benefit to a third party in order to discharge a claimant’s liability. That will contionue to apply under UC. In addition, the Bill contains an amendment to s5(6) of the Administration Act. That subsection makes specific for-the-avoidance-of-doubt provision in relaton to HB only that Regs may specify circumstances in which it [b]must[/b] be paid to another person on the claimant’s behalf. The Bill makes s5(6) apply to universal Credit as well. I cannot imagine someone would have gone to the trouble of making those amendments if it was not planned to use them. And as I have said on this board before, making payments to third parties is not a new idea that DWP will have to get used to, persenting complications that they don’t realise they will be up against: DWP has been paying mortgage interest direct to lenders for years, they are perfectly accustomed to splitting an award of IS/JSA(ib)/ESA(ir) into two separate payments.

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    John Boxall
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    [quote=Peter Barker] And as I have said on this board before, making payments to third parties is not a new idea that DWP will have to get used to, persenting complications that they don’t realise they will be up against: DWP has been paying mortgage interest direct to lenders for years, they are perfectly accustomed to splitting an award of IS/JSA(ib)/ESA(ir) into two separate payments.[/quote]

    i quite agree with you there Peter, but there are an awful lot more landlords out there than Mortgage Lenders.

    And, of course help with Mortgage Interest is a lot more restrictive than help with rent

    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

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    Darren Tompkins
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    I doubt for one minute that the mortgage companies are on the phone every week asking what the next payment will be and when they will receive it, or whether the customer has had the money and how much was paid.

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    beth_daly
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    Or what does a claimant need to provide in order to qualify and get their claim processed? J)

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