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Universal Credit update

Friday 06 July 2018

The Department for Work and Pensions has informed us of some updates to various aspects of Universal Credit. Included are: Managed Payment to Landlords, Universal Credit for couples and Work Allowance rate changes.

Managed Payments

If you, or landlords that you represent are applying for a Managed Payment to Landlord (MPTL) due to rent arrears and they don’t have a secure email address, they will need to complete the non-secure UC47.

If they are applying for a MPTL due to a tier one or tier two factor only, they will need to complete the secure version of the UC47 form and explain your reasons in the additional information box.

The secure version of the UC47 can be found by selecting yes to the question on Gov.uk ‘Does your email address contain any of the following?' Once you have put in your tenant’s postcode’ you must then post the form to us once completed if you do not have a secure email address.

Department for Work and Pensions say they are looking to develop a more streamlined online process for landlords requesting a managed payment to landlord APA via gov.uk. The aim is to improve the current process, enabling the secure capture of information and doing away with the need for the different versions of the UC47 forms, via a secure / non-secure e mail and / or postal route.

User testing will be taking place with landlords to inform the design. Security will be at the heart of this new process, so as to securely capture the reason for the APA and the landlord bank details.

Download the latest Universal Credit guidance for landlords

Universal Credit for couples

The overview of what Universal Credit means for couples who make a joint claim, including who can make a joint claim and what they will be expected to do in return has been updated on Gov.uk

Work Allowance rate changes

Information about changes to the Universal Credit work allowances has been updated on Gov.uk.

The work allowance rates changed for the new financial year from £192 to £198 and from £397 to £409. Further changes include updated information about Universal Credit taper rates.

Finally, last month, the Secretary of State for Work and Pension Esther McVey reaffirmed the Government’s commitment in a written statement that customers who are moved onto UC by the Department from other benefits, will have their existing benefit entitlement safeguarded until their circumstances change.

She also announced changes to ensure that Universal Credit supports people into work, protects vulnerable customers and is targeted at those who need it.

These changes will further support customers currently in receipt of Severe Disability Premium (SDP), those who were previously entitled to SDP before moving to UC, customers with childcare costs, and irregular wage payments.