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Head of Neighbourhood Management,
South Liverpool Homes


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An opportunity for members to post questions, on a range of subjects, and a chance to share your knowledge and expertise by answering fellow member’s questions.

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Question: - As a letting agent do I need to display my charges?

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Question: - Are pensioners exempt from the bedroom tax?

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Question: - Will people who need round-the-clock care be exempt from the bedroom tax?

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Question: - Are disabled children exempt from the bedroom tax?

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Question: - How are lodgers affected under Housing Benefit and Universal Credit Regulations?

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Question: - I understand that from October 2013 if a customer has a change in HB they will move to Universal Credit. A HB team I have come into contact with are advising me that they will still deal with changes in HB until their area is migrated on to Universal Credit. Is this correct?

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Question: - If someone is affected by the benefit cap, I understand that the amount of HB they receive is the first benefit to be capped - if the amount to be deducted from someone's benefit exceeds the amount of HB they are entitled to would the remaining capped amount be deducted from the persons other benefits?

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Question: - How will the Universal Credit system be administered?

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Question: - How is the Universal Credit award calculated and what are tapers and disregards?

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Question: - When will people be transferred to Universal Credit?

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Question: - How will Universal Credit be paid?

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Question: - What is the Universal Credit claimant commitment?

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Question: - Who is eligible to claim Universal Credit?

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Question: - What components make up the Universal Credit?

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Question: - Which benefits will be included within the Universal Credit Payment?

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Question: - Will the underoccupation charge affect all social tenants whose property is seen as too big for them?

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Question: - Have DWP created a 'bedroom definition'?

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Question: - Will landlords be able to access local authority housing benefit data?

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Question: - What is the DWP eligibility criteria definitions used in the social housing sector from April 2013, to determine whether someone is under-occupying?

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Question: - Will the shared accommodation rate apply to the social sector?

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Question: - Will the cap be calculated weekly or monthly?

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Question: - Can overpayments of Housing Benefit be recovered from Universal Credit?

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Question: - How will a household be defined?

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Question: - How will rent payments work within Universal Credit?

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Question: - Will Universal Credit be piloted?

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Question: - Universal Credit - What about 16 and 17 year olds?

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Question: - What about housing benefit for older people?

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Question: - A couple in social rented sector, where one is receiving pension credit and one is working age - will the under-occupancy HB reductions be applied to them?

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Question: - When will we know whether the housing costs element of Universal Credit will be able to be paid to the landlord if the tenant is in arrears?

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Question: - Would time spent in a Probation Hostel count towards the exemption from the SAR for claimants aged between 25 and 35 who have slept rough or who are at risk of sleeping rough and who have been living in a homeless hostel for at least three months?

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Question: - Is someone aged between 25 and 35 exempt from the Shared Accommodation Rate if they are getting mid or high rate care DLA but someone claims Carers Allowance for looking after them?

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Question: - We are a social sector landlord and we have let a two bedroomed property to a man with shared care for his child, will he be affected by the underoccupancy penalty?

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Question: - Should a non-dep charge be made if the non-dep is only staying for a short stay. Are there any guidelines on what time period is accepted as a temporary stay?

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Question: - How do I find out what the local housing allowance (LHA) levels are in my area?

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Question: - What is local housing allowance (LHA)?

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Question: - What changes are coming in that will change the amount my tenants receive in housing benefit?

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Question: - My tenants are working part time and are sometimes late paying the rent. Are there any other benefits available that they aren't claiming?

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Question: - Can rent be paid directly to me as a landlord of a private rented property?

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