Transition to universal credit: Legislation and case law

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Transition to universal credit: Legislation and case law

Post by Non Deficere on Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:37 am

Very useful:
https://revenuebenefits.org.uk/universal-credit/legislation

Includes:

All reasonable work search action - Universal Credit

Great explanation and reason for decision...

http://www.bailii.org/uk/cases/UKUT/AAC/2017/459.pdf

I particulary like this bit...

The Upper Tribunal’s re-made decision
40. Miss Thackray for the Secretary of State very properly accepts that the
Appellant’s reduced work search activity in the fortnight in question still amounted to
“all reasonable action” for the purposes of section 17(1)(a) and regulation 95. As well
as allowing the appeal to the Upper Tribunal and setting aside the First-tier Tribunal’s
decision, I also re-make the decision of the First-tier Tribunal in the following terms:
“The Appellant’s appeals are allowed.
The Secretary of State’s decisions of 17 October 2016 are both revised.
The Appellant undertook all reasonable work search action for the periods
04/07/2016 to 10/07/2016 and 11/07/2016 to 17/07/2016. It follows that the two
medium-level sanctions of 28 days each should not have been imposed.
The Secretary of State should therefore arrange repayment of the moneys
deducted under the universal credit sanctions in question with all reasonable
speed.”
41. I do not have the power to make any further award in terms of interest on those
arrears of UC or any compensatory payment.

Some wider issues of note

42. There are three wider issues which should perhaps be noted.

43. The first is that it is obviously a matter of great regret that it has taken a year to
get from the sanction decision via a mandatory reconsideration process and a Firsttier
Tribunal appeal to a satisfactory resolution of this case in the Upper Tribunal.
During that time the Appellant has had to endure very difficult financial
circumstances. Her written submissions throughout this process show that she is an
articulate and determined individual who has persisted when many others might have
given up.
44. Secondly, it is unfortunate (putting it mildly) that the Secretary of State’s original
response to the appeal, as submitted to the First-tier Tribunal, was less than
comprehensive in terms of its coverage of the relevant law. The response included a
somewhat garbled version of the text of regulation 95(1), but no reference to the
possibility that the “expected number of hours” might be subject to a deduction on
account of any of the specific mitigating circumstances set out in regulation 95(2)(b).
Similarly there was a passing but unparticularised reference to regulation 99 as
listing “circumstances in which a work search requirement no longer applies” followed
by the bald statement that “none of those circumstances apply in this case”. Just as
there was no explicit reference to the category of domestic emergencies or other
temporary circumstances in regulation 95(2)(b), so the parallel terms of regulation
99(5)(b) were not cited. Accordingly there was no hint to the Appellant that her
particular situation was arguably accommodated by the Regulations.
45. Thirdly, tribunals must always bear in mind that the UC sanctions regime
involves a financial penalty, and so the provisions should be strictly construed (see
by analogy DL v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (JSA) [2013] UKUT 295
(AAC) at paragraph 14). Putting the matter another way, I subsequently suggested
that “there is an argument in sanctions cases that the claimant should be given the
benefit of any doubt that may reasonably arise” (CS v Secretary of State for Work
and Pensions (JSA) [2015] UKUT 61 (AAC) at paragraph 19). I do not suggest that in
the present case there is any need to give the Appellant the benefit of the doubt.
However, especially with the increased severity of the UC sanctions regime, as
compared with the previous arrangements, tribunals need to scrutinise sanctions
decisions with considerable care.

Edit:

In light of Nicholas Wikeley’s sage words in para 44 above, I thought this was relevant to JSA and UC claimants:

Claimants’ right to be believed

https://www.rightsnet.org.uk/forums/view/viewthread/7444/#32960


I have been told by DWP Decision Makers that the words ‘right to believed’ was emblazoned on some DM’s minds and their office walls prior to the current regime.


The burden of proof now weighs very heavily upon claimants ☹️

I have read somewhere recently that the cost of medical evidence may be scrapped.



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Re: Transition to universal credit: Legislation and case law

Post by Caker on Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:53 pm

Going off topic, I observe that UC has been suspended for some postcodes where it was previously available to single, childless, non home owners.
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Re: Transition to universal credit: Legislation and case law

Post by El-dudeareno on Sat Feb 24, 2018 11:10 am

Caker wrote:Going off topic, I observe that UC has been suspended for some postcodes where it was previously available to single, childless, non home owners.


Do you know which postcodes are efffected thou @Caker?? Suspect
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Re: Transition to universal credit: Legislation and case law

Post by Caker on Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:45 pm

@ El Dude, not specifically but when I make 'test claim' I type in my postcode, or one nearby in the same town, and this time it came back as UC suspended in that postcode area. This test could be performed for any postcode.
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Re: Transition to universal credit: Legislation and case law

Post by ABC on Sun Feb 25, 2018 3:56 pm

Caker wrote:@ El Dude, not specifically but when I make 'test claim' I type in my postcode, or one nearby in the same town, and this time it came back as UC suspended in that postcode area. This test could be performed for any postcode.

I posted in another thread that I had read somewhere (it wasn't here) that UC had been suspended! This is big news isn't it? Why hasn't it been more widely reported and explained I wonder?
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Re: Transition to universal credit: Legislation and case law

Post by oneman on Sat Mar 17, 2018 12:17 am

I just happend to be in a confined space (office recording iffy:pirat: tongue )with a manager at Darlington JCP, called Adam Dacey. (as he took me to one side Very Happy )
Not my usual sign on appointment but I did have 4 appointment letters within 3 day!!! At the same time. with 2!!!!! MANAGERS.
I WAS SURPRISED TO FIND THE MANAGERS APPOINTEMENTS DID NOT WORK OUT AND I GOT Adam Dacey (Darlington office)

Two where with managers and CAROLINE Bell (darlington) was not one of them.
Adam Dacey (the manager) ( not KAREN FAWCETT THE MANAGER.) Who I, never got to see! did take me to one side and asked what the problem was.
I was due a appointment with Karen Fawcett but as she is a manager and could not give a fuck ( because all appointment letters are auto matic and not signed)

I presumed she did not know.

Know that nobody knows and no letters are signed with a time stamp and are just automatic printed!

I can automatic copy and print any appointment letter with any signature from any work roach or manager and have the staff down stairs.

Actually doing their job.

PS. OBVIOUSLY.
management not included.

PPS. I don't hate brown A5 envalopes dropping through my door any more. I can't get enough of them now.

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Re: Transition to universal credit: Legislation and case law

Post by oneman on Sat Mar 17, 2018 12:22 am

Did you need the district manager for the north east and my MP??

JUST ASK. Shocked Very Happy Very Happy Wink

You are fucking joking!!!!!!!!!!! Crying or Very sad

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