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DWP Central Freedom of Information Team
Annex A 
Our Ref: VTR 2051

DATE 02 May 2013
Annex A 
Dear Glenys Harriman, 
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request received on 01 May.   You asked for:- 
Please could you clarify the conditions of entitlement to a Short Term Benefit Advance of 
Universal Credit, with respect to the requirement that a claimant must be likely to be entitled to 
UC. I have been unable to source the guidance or regulations stating this. Please (a) confirm 
whether a claimant currently having their JSA or ESA sanctioned, and/or who has failed to 
meet conditionality requirements on such legancy benefits, will not qualify for a TBA of UC on 
migration; and (b) whether this exclusion of a STBA for UC extends to the whole of the UC 
(including housing cost element) and (c) if so, under which regulations. 
You can expect a reply by 31 May unless I need to come back to you to clarify your request or 
the balance of the public interest test needs to be considered. 
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Yours sincerely,  
DWP Central FoI Team 
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