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  • in reply to: DWP encouraged to cut benefits #105765
    iceman
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    Whichever goverment is in power and whatever way they try to tinker and change the benefit system will be futile and ultimately pointless unless you can change society. You can’t change it through legislation and different administration.

    The people we are all discussing (apart from those actually incapable) need education and role models to aspire to.

    Until this happens all we do is hope there are enough people who work in benefits who actually give a damn about trying the get their customers into work/ supporting people when they need it.

    We do need to make work pay though. We are dealing with 2nd / 3rd generation claimants and the problems wont be fully fixed through Universal Credit. Its one thing having a pop at scroungers who ‘work’ the system, but more often than not they have children and they certainly need safeguarding.

    The government need to do more to encourage business and attract investors.

    It would be a damn shame to lose the years of HB experience at LA’s though.

    Now I’ve got that out I will do some claims. :exmark:

    in reply to: rent change & anniversary date. #104790
    iceman
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    Won’t they have to wait until the anniversary date?

    in reply to: Payment of Universal Credit #104674
    iceman
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    The link with Credit Union is a good idea. We have customers having to cash cheques at the hands of high street pawn shops in return for a cut of their benefit.

    in reply to: Welfare Reform Bill #103519
    iceman
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    To keep in the ‘ethos’ of UC, DWP would have to calculate and administer it. However,like Peter says, they would need LA’s to provide them with local amounts. But then who would decide about things like discounts and exemptions? And how would that be communicated and how often? Would the claimant tell the DWP or LA that they had moved address to a differently banded property?

    HB staff currently have access to the DWP system. I think that this may remain, albeit a slimmed down version which wouldn’t allow access to the tax system.
    This would leave LA’s to adminster the rebate, the ‘postcode’ lottery could ensue and it could all get very locally politicized. Unless the govt laid down some parameters (ie protect the disabled, elderly etc).

    Or is this paving the way for a shake up of CTAX in general? I think I am in danger of thinking too much!

    I wish they would hurry up.

    in reply to: Free School Meals #58233
    iceman
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    The white paper mentions that these could be in the hands of ‘devolved administrators’and that they will explore this over the next few months.

    in reply to: Living on nothing and how long it is feasible to pay HB for? #102065
    iceman
    Participant

    Question for datca -What did you refuse the claim on?

    in reply to: Nil to payer #88687
    iceman
    Participant

    It was nilled at the time as the assessor worked out that her earnings would take her off benefits. They were informed in the same conversation that it would only last 5 weeks however.

    in reply to: Nil to payer #88685
    iceman
    Participant

    Her earnings increased by £500 per week as she took over a fixed period contract for 5 weeks.

    in reply to: Partner with no right to reside? #100365
    iceman
    Participant

    She is on a ‘fiancee visa’ and is Phillipino. If she doesnt satisfy NINO conditions?

    in reply to: Damages for son #88084
    iceman
    Participant

    The son is 10 years old.

    in reply to: overpayment period #81687
    iceman
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    Can you help me with the following and also to simplify things :

    In August a customer tells us that she failed to report two changes to her income. First one happened in April – her wage decreased (advantageous change)

    Then in June her tax credits increase (disadvantageous change)

    There is an overpayment from June to Aug. We would then need to reduce the wage from June to Aug (ULE) to reduce the o/p.

    Should we reduce the wage from April to June also, to further reduce the o/p? Or is this not allowed (as I thought) due to change in circs regs?

    😕

    in reply to: Housing Benefit as income #76622
    iceman
    Participant

    If its not listed on the schedule of disregarded income then it would follow that we should add it?

    in reply to: Reduced Incapacity Benefit #68488
    iceman
    Participant

    Have you asked Euclidian?

    in reply to: It must be Friday! #12848
    iceman
    Participant

    20(1) An appeal or an application for an extension of time must:

    • be in writing on a form approved by the LA
    • be signed by the person who has the right of appeal
    • be delivered to the relevant authority
    [b:30d2dba7d8]• contains details on the grounds on which it is made
    • contain sufficient details of the decision to allow it to be identified[/b:30d2dba7d8]
    [b:30d2dba7d8]
    20 (5) such a letter does not include sufficient information to allow an appeal to proceed, the LA may request further information in writing [/b:30d2dba7d8]

    I would do either of your choices. He/ She is not have likely to have written unless they really want an appeal.
    You probably need more info in order to look at sending it for appeal anyway.

    in reply to: Benefit on Two Homes #12588
    iceman
    Participant

    💡 Maybe the regs intention was to exclude claims from tenants who live in bad/ deprived areas. As that would increase the no of claimants for who this reg would be applicable?

    But surely if the threat was real it would be unfair not to award.

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