Universal Credit: Mandatory reconsideration explained as DWP completions lower by over 50%

Universal Credit: Mandatory reconsideration explained as DWP completions lower by over 50%

Universal Credit is facing unprecedented levels of demand at the moment and the government has embraced a liberalisation of its rules. The payments will be given to most people who are on particularly low incomes or who are out of work and the state has made efforts to ease its application process.

In some instances though, a person may have their claim denied due to such things as having too much in savings.

Claimants can take advantage of mandatory reconsideration rules here but recent questions put forward in parliament showed a large drop in people using this option.

Justin Tomlinson, the Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions, took written questions on social security benefits in early May.

He was asked how many mandatory reconsiderations were completed in March and April 2020.

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The rates of utilisation could yet be increased as mandatory reconsideration can be requested up to one month after the date of the decisions.

The claimant will need certain details ready when requesting it, they’ll need to include:

  • The date of the decision
  • Specific reasons for why they disagree
  • Their name, address and National Insurance number

While the DWP may still reject an application or decision following a mandatory reconsideration, claimants still have options to utilise.

If the claimant feels strongly enough, they can challenge the decision in an independent tribunal.

The tribunal will look at the claimant’s arguments and may overturn the DWPs decision.

It should be noted that while there is a deadline of a month in place, claimants can still ask for a mandatory reconsideration up to 13 months after a decision.

According to Citizens Advice, the claimant will need to have a good reason for why they didn’t put the request through in the month following the decision which can include being seriously ill or splitting up from a partner.

Published at Wed, 20 May 2020 07:06:00 +0000