Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
Please can you release any guidance or information provided to decision makers regarding how to deal with income from a charitable trust for Universal Credit purposes.
If no such information exists, please can you confirm what the position is regarding such income.
The reason I ask for this is because it would seem logical for such income to be disregarded in full, as has been the position in the wider benefit system for many years, and as is the case (even for UC) for other types of charitable income. This is backed up by the example in the ADM Chapter H5 paragraph H5013 which clearly assumes such income is to be disregarded.
On the other hand, the wording used in The Universal Credit Regulations 2013 reg. 66(1)(j) implies that all trust income of any sort counts as unearned income, and this is confirmed in the ADM Chapter H5 paraphrash H5088.
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