Benefits Sanctions

Benefits Sanctions

In the last 10 years, over a million disabled people have had their benefits stopped with sanctions.

If this is you, and you had good reason to miss an appointment, appeal right away. You must ask for a Mandatory Reconsideration, and explain why you missed the appointment and why you should not be sanctioned.

If you miss an appointment, ring them as soon as possible to let them know why. Delay will mean it is much harder to get your sanction overturned.

While you are waiting for them to consider your mandatory reconsideration, you can apply for a hardship payment. This is a loan to help you pay basic expenses, like rent, food, heating.You have to show that you have tried to get money from other sources, and you have stopped spending money on all but the most essential things, in order to succeed. You will have to pay the Hardship Payment after the sanction period.

You should also make sure you let creditors know of your situation immediately – that means housing benefit, mortgauge lender, council tax, power companies, and any company you usually pay money to. If you dont do this, your debt will mount.

You can get some model letters to help you with all this here>

If you still need a bit of help with this, contact our advocacy service, by telephone, email or contact form, here>

Remember, DON’T DELAY with any of these things, or you will pile up the problems.

Universal Credit in wolverhampton

Universal Credit in wolverhampton

Wolverhampton will start full Universal Credit from 13th December 2017. This will effect all new claimants

It will start at some parts of Wolverhampton postcodes before others because that is how Jobcentre Plus works.

For example,  WV3 postcodes will go to full Universal Credit from 13th December 2017, but only some WV10 postcodes go onto full Universal Credit on 13th December whilst others will not go to Universal Credit on 14th February 2018.

You can download a map that was produced by Wolverhampton Council’s Welfare Rights Team. The map is tells you which postcodes are affected and when. You can get the map here>>

One Voice Advocacy Service thanks Wolverhampton Council Welfare Benefits Team for sharing this information with us, so that we could tell you about it.

Universal Credit – what you need to know

Universal Credit – what you need to know

Universal Credit will be rolled out in Wolverhampton between December 2015 and April 2016.

Announcements so far indicate that to start with the only single people who would otherwise have claimed Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance due to unemployment will be put on Universal Credit, but this may change.

The government says Universal Credit will make the benefits system easier, to to make sure it pays to be in work.

It will  replace a number of different ‘working-age’ benefits including Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit.
It is expected that claims will be made ‘online’ via computer.

One Voice can help you with this – we have a number of tablet computers so we can help people filling in forms and making claims

Universal Credit payments are made monthly in arrears and will include an allowance for housing costs (rent or mortgage interest).