Alternative Payment Arrangements (APAs) under Universal Credit

Topic updated February 2018

 

 

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Introduction

Tier one - where APA is likely

Tier two - where APAs may be possible

Managed payments direct to landlord

The request form

Personal budgeting support and alternative payment arrangements guidance

 

Introduction

As and when Universal Credit (UC) is rolled out, the default position will be that applicants will receive their UC payment themselves, and will be expected to manage their own money and pay their own rent.

 

However, it will be possible, under certain circumstances, to arrange for the housing benefit element of the UC payment to be made direct to the landlord. This can be requested by either the tenant or the landlord. This topic is based on some Chartered Institute of Housing training, and it explains how Advisors might assist in this process, in order to prevent homelessness due to rent arrears.

 

Tier one - where APA is likely

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Tier two - where APAs may be possible

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Managed payments direct to landlord

The request form

The UC47 form is used to request a managed payment (current housing costs) or a rent arrears deduction, or both. Return this version by post to:-

FREEPOST RTEU-LGUJ-SZLG

Universal Credit; Post Handling Site B

 Wolverhampton WV99 1AJ

 

Those with a secure GSI related email address (GSI,GCSX, GSX, CJX, CJSM or GSE) can also email the secure version of the completed form to:

Universalcredithousing.aparequests@dwp.gsi.gov.uk

 

Personal budgeting support and alternative payment arrangements guidance

You can find the above additional guidance here.