This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'UC Housing Element'.

 
 
 
DWP Central Freedom of Information Team
Annex A 
 
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          Date: 
11 
February 
2016 
                      FOI ref: 291 
 
 
 
Dear Paul A Jones, 
 
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request of 23 January 2016. You asked: 
 
When someone in-work gets a benefit sanction of Universal Credit (UC) and only gets the 
Housing Element and no Standard Allowance or other element has ever been paid, will the 
sanction mean a reduction in the Housing Element (HE)? If the UC claimer was having  
financial difficulty and the HE was being paid direct to the Landlord will the landlord been 
informed why the HE is being reduced because of a sanction? 
 
Universal Credit sanctions are for an amount equal to 100% of the claimant’s standard 
allowance (50% each in the case of a couple). If a claimant’s standard allowance has been 
reduced due to earnings or other income, the sanction amount will be taken from the remaining 
amount of their UC award.  
 
It is the claimant’s responsibility to inform their landlord of a sanction to their Universal Credit if 
this will affect the payment of their rent. 
 
If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number 
above. 
 
 
Yours sincerely, 
 
 
DWP Strategy Freedom of Information Focal Point 
 
 
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