HARDSHIP PAYMENTS EXTENSION

Created 01/08/2017

Hardship payments are often payable where a client has been sanctioned and has no other income/ savings to rely on. Often they are paid at 60% of the personal allowance(or sometimes 80%).

The law has been changed to remove the 14 day waiting period for such payments for a couple of extra groups- '...The amendments in paragraph (2)(a) and (d) provide that a person with a long-term mental impairment, or who is homeless within the meaning of legislation applying respectively in England, Wales and Scotland, is a person in hardship for the purposes of those Regulations. This means that the person may receive immediate hardship payments of jobseeker’s allowance in cases where that allowance would otherwise not be paid or the amount paid is being reduced. '

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