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‘Plain vanilla’ couples now allowed onto Universal Credit…

June 30, 2014


but only in 5 districts & 26 other hurdles to claiming still remain…


Here are those ‘plain vanilla’ eligibility criteria.

To be admitted onto the Universal Credit ‘Pathfinder’ scheme:

1.       A claimant has to live in a very limited Pathfinder postcode area and:

2.       Do not own their property

3.       Is not homeless

4.       Do not live in supported accommodation

5.       Update: “Does not live with a partner” removed by regs released on 27th June 2014 (page 15)

6.       Does not have any dependent children

7.       Is not required to pay maintenance for a child by the Child Support Agency

8.       Is a British citizen living in England, Wales or Scotland

9.       Has lived in the UK continuously for the last 2 years

10.     Is aged between 18 and 60 years and 6 months

11.     Has a UK national insurance number

12.     Does not receive and/or receive Disability Learning Allowance or Personal Independent Payment

13.     Does not have a fit note or is in a period of self-certification for sickness

14.     Is not self-employed

15.     Is not in education or training and is not due to start education or training in the next month

16.     Is not represented by the Citizens Advice Bureau (!)

17.     Is not a carer for an adult with disabilities or health problems

18.     Is not pregnant and hasn’t given birth in the last 15 weeks

19.     Does not have savings, shares or capital worth over £6,000

20.     Has a bank, building society or post office card account

21.     Do not have take-home pay of over £270 a month if aged under 25

22.     Do not have take-home pay of £330 a month or over if aged 25 or over

23.     Is not currently claiming Employment and Support Allowance, Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support, Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance (Update: Existing Housing Benefit and Working Tax Credit claimants can claim from 27th June)

24.     Is not appealing against a decision not to pay Employment and Support Allowance, Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support, Working Tax Credit, Incapacity Benefit, Housing Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance

25.     Is not waiting for a decision on Employment and Support Allowance, Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support, Working Tax Credit, Housing Benefit

26.     Have not received Job Seekers Allowance in the last 2 weeks

27.     Have not received Employment and Support Allowance in the last 2 weeks


Source:  “Universal Credit pathfinder evaluation: interim results from the Universal Credit claimant survey, wave 1”, DWP, November 29, 2013

From → Agile Governance

  1. Oh well that narrows it down a bit. Can they reject you for UC if you are represented by CAB…seems odd. After all as a UK citizen you are entitled to engage the services of CAB if you want..aren’t you?

  2. If by any miracle I was asked how the ” claimant journey” was for me, I would, like 99% of the half dozen people “granted” the plesure of the bestowed pittance, lie though my teeth for fear of being sanctioned for voicing my opinions of the dickhead in charge of this feasco.
    Tommaz Jay

  3. Oh thats funny… so basically UC is rolled out to a number of additional JCP’s so IDS can say its working… (to a huge round of publicity on the beeb!)

    Then he can also say “and now it works for couples as well…”

    The the facts on the details however, show that its still only single people and that 99.9% of couples are specifically excluded, and of the single people its still only the most simple and straight forward cases…. (due to the fact that half the “paperwork” is still being done on speadsheets prior to input, hence only managing 3 new claims a day v 15-30 under the existing systems.)

    So basically its still all FUBAR’d.

  4. Yes – to begin with couples will be allowed in only 5 of the 740 Job Centres.

  5. Hums the song by Fun Boy 3 ….

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