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Client is claiming UC late in the academic year. How do we calculate the amount of MAP’s if she didn’t have an assessment period at the start of the course? I’ve read and read about this but I am just not getting it.

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The legislation doesn’t exactly provide for this scenario, but DWP guidance is clear that you treat each earlier month prior to the UC claim as a notional assessment period for these purposes.

See Example 2 - Imelda at Para H6142 in the ADM: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1041954/admh6.pdf#page=32

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Thank you so much, Charles. That’s exactly what I needed to know. We are having to do hypothetical calculations for a client and it’s extremely stressful trying to work out student finance!