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Your monthly Universal Credit payment may decrease soon if you are self-employed. This is a result of the reintroduction of the minimum income floor and the gainful self-employment tests.  

Universal Credit staff can start to apply the "minimum income floor" to any person it believes to be in gainful self-employment from August 2021.  

This change could cause a big reduction in income for certain people. You should speak to your work coach urgently if 

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Governments in Scotland and Wales have announced new help for private renters. Renters who have struggled with rent arrears as a result of COVID-19 can apply for grants to help with this debt. 

Stamp duty thresholds in Northern Ireland change on 1 July 2021. Buyers will continue to pay reduced rates of stamp duty until 1 October 2021, at which point rates will revert to pre-pandemic levels. 

Stamp duty in Northern Ireland from 1 July 2021

The stamp duty rates from 1 July 2021 are

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Housing Rights is delighted to announce the appointment of Peter McMahon and Kate McCauley to two new senior roles within the organization, Head of Services & Support and Head of Policy & Development.  

Picture of woman with serious expression sitting at a table and reading a letter. Text over image reads "we have decided that you are not entitled to help with your housing costs"

Universal Credit may refuse a claim for help to pay a person’s housing costs if  

  • they think that a tenancy is not a genuine commercial relationship between a landlord and a tenant or  
  • they believe the tenancy was created to take advantage of the benefit system.  

It’s important to get advice quickly if this happens to you or to your clients. Submitting a well-argued mandatory reconsideration request can help to prevent homelessness.  

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