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Universal credit for continous cruising licence

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Does anyone know ? Why universal credit stopped paying continous cruising licences? When the law changed ? I'm on a 6mth licence they paid 6 month's ago they wont pay now ? & they wont pay boat safely certificate , I don't know what to do I cant find a mooring within Wiltshire for a 62ft please help.

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33 minutes ago, Horton said:

Does anyone know ? Why universal credit stopped paying continous cruising licences? When the law changed ? I'm on a 6mth licence they paid 6 month's ago they wont pay now ? & they wont pay boat safely certificate , I don't know what to do I cant find a mooring within Wiltshire for a 62ft please help.

Why not look in the horse's mouth, phone the DWP, Dept of Work & Pensions, they will know?  Local housing benefit should still apply, many claim it.

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There is an excellent Facebook group called ‘benefits for boaters (liveaboards) where you can get advice from those that work in this area. In essence I believe there was a case recently which ruled that license costs didn’t have to be included. Many areas have stopped paying as a result. It is I believe being appealed.

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44 minutes ago, Boater Sam said:

Why not look in the horse's mouth, phone the DWP, Dept of Work & Pensions, they will know?  Local housing benefit should still apply, many claim it.

If someone is on universal credit they don't get housing benefit from the local council. Mooring fees are included in the UC award at the lowest local rate, Things like insurance and BSS are classed as normal costs to be funded out the basic award atleast thats the case around here. 

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16 minutes ago, Boater Sam said:

Any chance of employment? Think that there are extras you can claim if on a low income.

Don't need to seek employment, happy with the Job I have. I help out at the local Job Club once a week, so have came to know the problems with UC, As well as handing my disabled nephews UC claim.

 

There was extras with the old system, Now there is a limited basic pot of cash that each job centre has, And when that pot is empty for that year no more cash. This is for things like travel to interviews if the travel time is longer than 90 minuites and than only if the Job coach thinks that you may have a chance of getting the job, If they don't think you will get the job no help with travel costs. The old job grant of £100 when starting a job lasting more than three months went in June 2010. The job centre rarely pays out for job starting or hunting costs today. The only usefull thing for Jobhunter given out by the Job Centre after 3 months is the Jobseekers Travel Card but than that is funded by the bus and rail compaines and not the Job Centre and lasts three months. The standard Universal Credit allowance each month is £317.82, for this area the maximum amount that will be paid out for mooring fees is £103.74 any shortfall you are expected to pay  out of the basic allowness either that or down size to a shorter boat any money left over would be counted as income.

 

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2 hours ago, nbfiresprite said:

Don't need to seek employment, happy with the Job I have. I help out at the local Job Club once a week, so have came to know the problems with UC, As well as handing my disabled nephews UC claim.

 

There was extras with the old system, Now there is a limited basic pot of cash that each job centre has, And when that pot is empty for that year no more cash. This is for things like travel to interviews if the travel time is longer than 90 minuites and than only if the Job coach thinks that you may have a chance of getting the job, If they don't think you will get the job no help with travel costs. The old job grant of £100 when starting a job lasting more than three months went in June 2010. The job centre rarely pays out for job starting or hunting costs today. The only usefull thing for Jobhunter given out by the Job Centre after 3 months is the Jobseekers Travel Card but than that is funded by the bus and rail compaines and not the Job Centre and lasts three months. The standard Universal Credit allowance each month is £317.82, for this area the maximum amount that will be paid out for mooring fees is £103.74 any shortfall you are expected to pay  out of the basic allowness either that or down size to a shorter boat any money left over would be counted as income.

 

This is a depressing but familiar story, benefits controlled by what the government allocates with no regards to actual needs in a particular area.. Nothing new though, this sort of thinking has been going on for many many years.

 

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If a continuous cruiser, why limit your search for a mooring to Wiltshire? If UC will pay for one elsewhere that should give you a base to work from. Things like insurance and safety certificates will be treated as normal living expenses,but having to move round the country for one reason or another is fairly normal. 

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53 minutes ago, Arthur Marshall said:

If a continuous cruiser, why limit your search for a mooring to Wiltshire? If UC will pay for one elsewhere that should give you a base to work from. Things like insurance and safety certificates will be treated as normal living expenses,but having to move round the country for one reason or another is fairly normal. 

Wiltshire has been very supportive of low income liveaboard boaters over the last few years. There are other areas that are also sympathetic but many that are not, so the OP is probably much better off staying in Wiltshire unless she knows of somewhere else to go, and the K&A in Wiltshire is really rather nice.

 

...........Dave

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