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Hardship payments for homeless/Mental health problems

 

AEastwood
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Other than the announcement in November 16 that homeless people and those with mental health problems would be added to the list of the vulnerable for hardship payments when sanctioned, has any further information been released? Has this change already been implemented? I’ve been scouring the net, but cant find any further info.
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kelly.jones
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I’m also looking into this.

Latest revision of the JSA regs I can find is September 2016: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1996/207/pdfs/uksi_19960207_300916_en.pdf

Statement regarding adding homeless and mentally ill claimants to vulnerable groups was made in November 2016: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/homelessness-and-mental-health-conditions-to-be-supported-by-hardship-fund

Do update this thread if you’ve spotted the relevant update!

     
Daphne
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I’ve had a good look but not found anything…I will put a query in via stakeholders as well just in case any news that way…

     
Owen Stevens
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Am I right in thinking that this still hasn’t been introduced?  Will be interesting to see whether this is introduced after the election

     
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Pretty certain it hasn’t - press release does say 2017/2018 so guess there has been opportunity yet and now, as you say, we will have to wait for the next government…