EXTENDED: You've got another week to add your travel & holiday deals questions for expert MSE Oli as part of the latest Ask An Expert event.
Cold Weather Payment on UC
in Benefits & tax credits
30 replies 1.2K views
Latest MSE News and Guides
Energy Price Cap change
Martin Lewis on what it means for youMSE News
Best £1 you've ever spent?
Share your most impressive bargainsMSE Forum
New MSE Forum avatars available
Try 'em out nowMSE Forum
Sadly, I'm not sure what needs clearing up, as you can not claim for your brothers children as part of your claim, so why would you think you can for CWP?
OP said > it's just the info on gov.uk has confused me so I just wanted some clarity as it does not state anywhere about having to be parents/guardians or having them on your claim, although common sense would suggest that surely this would have to be the case.<
I guess they could go through every permutation of claim & say, yes or no. But would run to many pages & as we know people give up very easily with long reads.
To me it is clear, as it will only come into play if you are already claiming for a under 5. But as per this thread others have different views 🤷♀️
During cost of living crisis, Government attempts to target financial help to different people, just makes the whole benefit system very difficult to understand and navigate (for public, Advice Services and DWP staff)
Yes CWP's are not new, but given Government have been all over the media advertising how much support they are providing, you would think they would have thought about making information easier to understand. And OP has highlighted the CWP Gov.uk page as one example of poor communications. And this leads to many unnecessary phone calls and journal messages on UC claims.
@Spoonie_Turtle mentions staff training time and I am sure allocating regular specific training time would be welcomed by DWP staff. Demands on Job Centre Work Coaches and Service Centre Case Managers is increasing all of the time. DWP are currently having to recruit Work Coaches and Case Managers in many parts of the country, as they keep losing staff.
Unfortunately UC often seem to take the relevant period as starting from the date the decision is made which is incorrect.
My comment about many people possibly being paid incorrectly was aimed more generally.
if you need more specific advice please feel free to post details.