Universal Credit has been in the news a lot recently – and for good reason. The idea started as a way to simplify benefits, but under the current government it has sadly turned into a way to short-change claimants through a cruel and badly-thought-out system.
People are being moved to Universal Credit as their circumstances change. When a person is moved, all other claimants in their household will be moved too.
Most problems with Universal Credit come from payments being late, but there are a lot of factors that make the system hard to work with generally.
You need not fear. Your local Labour councillors have been working alongside local organisations to put the best support in place that we can.
We have fought for a new City Council hardship fund to be set up. It will help people in crisis as a result of transition to Universal Credit. If you are lost or concerned, we are here to listen and help you find support. Nationally, the Labour party has put huge pressure on the government to stop the roll-out and fix the problems.
We will keep fighting until the system is fixed and everyone gets the fair treatment, and adequate support, that they deserve.
What you need to know:
If you are being moved, you will be contacted by the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) who ask you to fill in an online application and make an appointment at the Job Centre. It’s a good idea to ask for help with your application if you have disabilities, as it can be hard to answer questions accurately. If you are not confident with a computer, ask for help too. You can find help at the library, local community centre, through Fortis or Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB & WHABAC). CAB will be getting some government support soon and should be well placed to help. If you would like help to budget, an advance on your first payment, or your rent to be paid directly to your landlord, make sure you ask the Job Coach.