Information for Universal Credit
Some benefit news updates – Posted 30th March 2016
From May 2016 Housing Benefit will only be backdated for a period of 4 Weeks
From April 2016 the Family Premium will be removed from Housing Benefit
State Pension Age : The Pensions Bill has been amended so that women’s pension age reaches 65 in November 2018
Universal Credit will be introduced in Glasgow on 8 June 2015 for new Jobseekers aged 18 to 61.
Please contact, Patricia Vass, Finance Access Officer on 0141 945 6727 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you require any further information regarding:-
Opening a basic bank account
Access to the Internet
All advice and support is free of charge and confidential.
DLA to PIP Migration – the Reassessment Begins
PIP REASSESSMENT OF DLA CLAIMANTS BEGINS IN GLASGOW FROM 26 JANUARY 2015.
In April 2013 a new benefit Personal Independence Payment (PIP) was introduced to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people between the ages of 16 and 65. Initially PIP could only be claimed by new claimants and did not affect those who were already receiving DLA.
On 26th January 2015 the reassessment process for existing DLA claimants was rolled out to the Glasgow postcode area, therefore affecting all Cadder Residents.
As part of the replacement process the majority of DLA recipients will undergo a re-assessment to decide if they will transfer to PIP. An award of a Personal Independence Payment will not be automatic for those with an existing DLA award.
From the 26th January the DWP will begin to write to all DLA claimants whom were under 65 on 8 April 2013 to invite them to make a claim for PIP if:
- they have a time limited award which is due to expire in June 2015 onwards or
- they are a child reaching the age of 16
Also from this date the DWP will invite people on DLA to claim PIP where they:
- report a change in their health condition or
- choose to claim PIP instead of remaining on DLA
The invitation letter explains to the claimant what they need to do, how to make a claim and the time limits for doing so. It is important that DLA recipients look out for their letter from the DWP and respond. Timescales are tight and penalties for failure to respond are severe.
In the first instance they will be invited to phone the PIP claim number 0800 917 2222 to start the claim process.
Failure to respond to the invitation within 4 weeks – DLA will be suspended.
Failure to respond within further 4 weeks (8 in total) – DLA entitlement is ended.
All PIP Claimants will then be sent a ‘How your condition affects you’ form, which needs to be completed and returned. The return address will be printed on the form. At this stage please do not hesitate to contact our Welfare Rights Officer who can help you complete this form. This form is points based so it is vital you seek help with this.
Note PIP is not replacing DLA for claimants under 16 years of age.
Discretionary Housing Payments
If you are receiving Housing Benefit but are still having difficulty meeting your rent payments, you may be able to get extra help from the Discretionary Housing Payment Fund.
The fund has been made available by the Council with assistance from the Government.
If you wish to be considered for a payment from the Discretionary Housing Payment Fund you must complete a claim form. Association staff are available if you have any queries or require assistance in completing the application form.
Discretionary Housing Payment form download from http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=15006&p=0
Discretionary Housing Payment Guidance Notes download from http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=15021&p=0
The Scottish Welfare Fund is a discretionary scheme administered by local authorities from April 2013, the Scottish Welfare Fund aims to take advantage of the opportunity to strengthen links to other local services and provide a better service to vulnerable members of the local community.