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Underpayment of lcwra. Can UC use the lump sum to pay off my rent arrears without my permission?

Shazzron
Shazzron Member Posts: 15 Listener
edited October 12 in Universal Credit (UC)
hi
just asking if anyone will know 
me and my husband are on universal credit and paying rent arrears direct out our universal credit (our universal credit gets paid into my husbands account )
and  today I have been awarded underpayment of  lcwra does anyone know if this underpayment lump sum can be used by universal credit  without my permission 
to pay off my rent arrears or can they not touch this back payment 
any advice would be welcome 
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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 12,249 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi there 

    Yes they can use any back pay to clear outstanding debts 

    Details of any arrears payment are sent to debt management and they check if there are any outstanding debts to be paid and if so will recover the debt 
    Here to help with my experience in hunan resources and employment rights 
  • Shazzron
    Shazzron Member Posts: 15 Listener
    So can they use my backpaid lcwra to clear my rent arears
    without my day so 
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 12,249 Disability Gamechanger
    Yes if you think about it logically you owe them money so they will take the debt from any money they owe you 
    Here to help with my experience in hunan resources and employment rights 
  • Shazzron
    Shazzron Member Posts: 15 Listener
    Hi thanks 
    i only owe money to the landlord not universal credit if that makes a difference 

  • Shazzron
    Shazzron Member Posts: 15 Listener
    I’m paying off my rent arrears direct from my universal credit each month I’m worried they will pay all my  backpayment of lcwra  to my landlord he a wrong un and don’t trust him one bit 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,753 Disability Gamechanger
    Shazzron said:
    Hi thanks 
    i only owe money to the landlord not universal credit if that makes a difference 

    If that’s the case I can’t see how they can pay all what you owe from your backdated money. Although wouldn’t you rather pay it off and then it’s all done, I know I would. 
  • MarkM88
    MarkM88 Member Posts: 1,798 Pioneering
    Why don’t you contact UC or debt management and ask if they can keep the plan in place? 

    If that’s not possible, then isn’t it better the lump sum is paid to the landlord, reducing the debt you owe? 
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 12,249 Disability Gamechanger
    If its money owed to your landlord and not dwp I would contact uc and ask 
    Here to help with my experience in hunan resources and employment rights 

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