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Universal Credit Regulations Published

DWP have published the draft regulations which will see the introduction of the Universal Credit in 2013.

The Social Security Advisory Committee is inviting views on coherence of the package of regulations in terms of implementation, and whether there are gaps and/or unintended consequences that need to be addressed. Deadline 27 July 2012.

The following draft regulations are open to consultation:

  • Universal Credit Regulations 2012 - Sets out provisions for Universal Credit, including entitlement, elements of the award, calculation of income and capital, and claimant responsibilities.
  • Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment and Working-age Benefits (Claims and Payments) Regulations 2012 - Updates existing provisions and makes new provisions, for example Universal Credit payment one month in arrears.
  • Housing Benefit (benefit cap) Regulations 2012 - Amends the Housing Benefit (General) Regulations 2006 and the Housing Benefit Decisions and Appeals Regulations 2001 to allow for the introduction of a benefit cap.

DWP have also published (but not open to consultation) the following draft regulations:

  • Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment and Working-age Benefits (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations 2012 - Updates existing provisions on how decisions are made, including new requirement for reconsideration before claimants can appeal.
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations 2012 - Removes income-related rules and brings contributory JSA into line with Universal Credit on labour market requirements.
  • Employment and Support Allowance Regulations 2012 - Removes income-related rules and brings contributory ESA into line with Universal Credit on labour market requirements.

Explanatory memorandum are also available with the regulations which provides a simple overview of the legal jargon. Click here to visit DWP’s website or here for the SSAC site.

 
18 June 2012

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