UNIVERSAL CREDIT NEWS … the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) ‘quietly’ snuck a rule change through Parliament last week that will see more people denied benefits.
Basically, claimants will have to earn less than a minimum threshold in six months to qualify, as opposed to looking at a claimant’s monthly earnings, as is done now.
This means a person who earns a larger amount in one month, but nothing the following month, may find they are unable to claim universal credit for up to six months.
Around 200,000 people are expected to be hit, with landlords warning hardship and evictions will rise as a result.
UNIVERSAL CREDIT: IN NUMBERS
- 200,000 people affected by latest universal credit rule change
- 31,080 were claiming universal credit as of 8 January
- 100,000 people expected to be claiming universal credit by May
- 11 million people eventually expected to be claiming universal credit
Source: Department for Work and Pensions