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Single mother forced into homelessness by housing benefit shortfall goes to Supreme Court

31 January 2019
Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and homeless charity Shelter are supporting a Supreme Court case today on behalf of a lone mother who was treated as intentionally homeless because she didn’t use her non-housing benefits that are intended to cover other living costs to cover the £35 weekly gap between her housing benefit and her rent.

Too simple: the failure of universal credit assessment periods

08 August 2018
In the ‘simple’ world of universal credit, monthly assessment periods are the supposedly ‘neat’ way of judging what financial support families should get based on their earnings and circumstances.

Rough justice: problems with monthly assessment of pay and circumstances in universal credit, and what can be done about them

06 August 2018
This report identifies a range of problems arising from the rigid system of monthly assessment of both income and circumstances in universal credit, based on cases from CPAG’s Early Warning System, and proposes practical solutions.

It’s time to start listening: what the Department for Work and Pensions needs to learn about universal credit

12 July 2018
In the Commons last week, Work and Pensions ministers responded to concerns about universal credit by offering to look at individual constituency cases MPs were raising, where things might not be going quite right.

The top universal credit issues

10 July 2018
This report brings together cases from our early warning system, analysing the most common universal credit problems we're seeing. The top issues include administrative errors, problems with housing costs and difficulties making a claim. 

Bedroom tax where a room is too small to share

This case concerns the removal of the spare room subsidy, widely referred to as the ‘bedroom tax’, in cases where a bedroom is too small for two children to share.

Housing costs for 18 to 21 year olds

Issue 258 (June 2017)
Gwyneth King considers changes removing entitlement to universal credit (UC) housing costs for some 18–21-year-olds.

Early Warning System report: Universal Credit Full Service Roll Out

26 April 2017