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Welfare Reforms

Universal Credit Update – May 2017

Removal of automatic entitlement to housing costs for 18-21 year olds: This welfare reform went live on 1st April. There is understandable concern about its impact on young people at risk of homelessness who need to access and sustain accommodation. The key points to note about the new rules are that it: Will only apply to new claims made in Universal Credit (UC) full digital

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Universal Credit: Landlord information on housing costs for 18 to 21 year olds

From 1st April 2017, the rules are changing for young people aged 18 to 21 who want to claim help with housing costs in areas where Universal Credit is fully rolled out. Unemployed young people who can live in their family home will no longer automatically receive an amount for housing in their Universal Credit award. Young people who are in work, have children of

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The Childrens Society: The Debt Trap

  The Children’s society have released a report. This report reveals the true scale of problem debt for children and families – and the huge impact it is having on their lives. It lifts the lid on how around two and a half million children are living in families with problem debt, behind on £4.8bn of payments on household bills and loan repayments. At The

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Universal Credit Update

Universal Credit will expand to 6 new Jobcentres starting from October 2013. Ministers  set out the next stage of the roll out for Universal Credit following the successful launch in April. Universal Credit is one of the most fundamental reforms to the welfare system since 1943, and will roll 6 benefits and tax credits into 1 to simplify the system and ensure people are better

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Nowhere to turn? Changes to emergency support.

Since April 2013, new local welfare assistance schemes have been introduced by local authorities to provide emergency and community support to those in need. These are replacing key elements of the discretionary Social Fund (Crisis Loans for living expenses and Community Care Grants) that were abolished in the Welfare Reform Act 2012. This localisation of the discretionary Social Fund will have a significant impact on

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Universal Credit – Local Support Services Framework

Universal Credit (UC) is the single most important Welfare Reform in a generation. DWP has been working closely with Local Authority (LA) representatives to identify the services that may be required and the best means of providing these. The framework is the result of close collaboration between DWP and LAs and listening to feed back from a wide range of relevant organisations including: the Social

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WELFARE AWARE – Understanding and Preparing for Change

      One-day conference | 21 March 2013 | London | Find out more Is your organisation and are your staff prepared for these changes? Are you ready to support clients through the changes? This event will provide you with detailed advice on what the changes are, when they are occurring and how you can prepare your service and your clients for these changes.

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Universal Credit

The Welfare Reform Act is set to be the biggest shake up in the welfare system for 25 years. The Act outlines the key principles of Universal Credit, which is due to come into effect in October 2013, bringing together the majority of existing benefits under a single monthly payment (in arrears) to claimants’ households. We aim to provide regular updates on the issue of Welfare

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Universal Credit will fail the vulnerable, PM told

David Cameron urged to delay introduction beyond 2013 as MPs say online access will baffle many claimants. According to an article recently published in The Guardian, MPs have warned that vulnerable people may find it difficult to cope with central features of the universal credit benefit system, especially online claims and the proposed single monthly payment. The work and pensions select committee has urged the

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Cutting under-25’s housing benefit will increase youth homelessness

Following the Conservative Party Conference, George Osborne and Iain Duncan Smith have revived the prosopect of removing housing benefit from people aged under 25 as part of a further package of welfare cuts wotk £10bn. An article recently published in The Guardian draws comparisons to these current proposals to those in 1985, which saw the removal of board and lodging allowance for under-26s. As in

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