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The government has launched a consultation on a breathing space scheme for people in problem debt. The proposed scheme is accompanied by an additional proposal to introduce an associated statutory debt repayment plan (SDRP). Both the breathing space scheme and SDRP are intended to supplement existing debt management solutions.

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Policy, Affordability

Housing Rights had previously reported that a revised set of Universal Credit (Managed Migration) Regulations 2018 would make provision that claimants of legacy benefits with Severe Disability Premiums (SDP) would not be at risk of natural migration due to the introduction of a gateway condition preventing such claimants from naturally migrating to Universal Credit as a result of changes o

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Benefits, Welfare Reform

The High Court ruled today that the DWP's treatment of UC claimants who are paid twice in one assessment period is unlawful, with the judgment descriping DWP's approach as "odd in the extreme".

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Benefits, Welfare Reform, Case law, Legal

The Department for Work and Pensions has confirmed that the interest rate used to calculate interest due on loans for mortgage interest (LMI) has reduced from 1.7% to 1.5%. The interest rate used to calculate the amount of LMI paid to a claimant's lender remains unchanged at 2.61%. 

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Benefits, Repossession

In a letter to stakeholders, the Department for Communities has confirmed that the managed migration of legacy benefit claimants to Universal Credit will not now commence in July 2019. Instead, this phase of the Universal Credit programme will be deferred until 2020. The managed migration process is scheduled to complete by the end of 2023. 

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Benefits, Welfare Reform

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