High Court finds DWP unlawful on universal credit assessments

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The High Court found today that the way the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been assessing income from employment through its Universal Credit (UC) work assessment periods is unlawful. This is the second Judicial Review of UC,  I wrote about it in December last year – Government faces second judicial review of universal credit.

Lord Justice Singh and Mr Justice Lewis ruled today (11 January) that the DWP has been wrongly interpreting the universal credit regulations.  They said in their judgment that treating claimants as having earned twice as much as they do if they happen to receive two pay cheques in one monthly assessment period,  and as having no earnings in the next assessment period is “odd in the extreme” and “…. could be said to lead to nonsensical situations”.
 
They added that the DWP’s incorrect interpretation of the regulations had caused “…severe cash flow problems for…

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