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DWP publishes guidance for Universal Credit claimants

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

The DWP has published a new guide which contains updated information for claimants of Universal Credit.

The guidance, which can be accessed on the government’s website includes information on the way Universal Credit claimants are able to give consent for their information to be shared with another person.

It also states that explicit consent is no longer needed if tenant is in arrears for APAs for Private Landlords. This change, which the RLA campaigned extensively for, means that landlords will no longer need a tenants’ consent when applying for an APA, making it much easier for direct payments to be made to landlords.

APAs allow the housing element of Universal Credit to be paid directly to the landlord.

Until now, a landlord would need the ‘explicit consent’ of the tenant to do this. In practice, this meant tenants could delay or refuse consent, leading to substantial rent arrears being built up.

The DWP has now scrapped the requirement and if a landlord can prove the tenant is in arrears of two months or more, it will introduce payments direct to the landlord – as used to happen under housing benefit.

Power of Attorney

The new guidance that was published today also contains information relating to how someone is able to act as an appointee for a Universal Credit claimant, or how someone would be able to obtain a Power of Attorney.

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About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

She is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and media review, and creating social media content. She also contributes to our members magazine, Residential Property Investor.

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