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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Welfare reforms spectacularly fail the Prime Minister’s new family test, says TUC

The majority of social security cuts announced by the government will fall on working families, who will suffer twice the level of benefit losses as out of work families, according to a new report published today (Friday) by the TUC. The TUC-commissioned analysis of those affected by cuts in social security support – undertaken by Howard Reed of Landman Economics – looks at all the welfare

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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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Food bank referrals in the North East rise 463% in one year

  The scale of food poverty in the North East was laid bare today by figures which show food bank referrals have almost quintupled in a single year One of the Trussell Trust’s foodbanks Nearly 60,000 people sought emergency food from the Trussell Trust in 2013-14 compared with just 10,510 in the previous financial year. Across the country 45% said problems with benefits had driven

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Universal Credit toolkit for partner organisations

  A toolkit to inform partner organisations about Universal Credit and to help them explain the changes to claimants. Universal Credit aims to introduce greater fairness to the welfare system by making work pay. It will help to ensure that people are better off in work than on benefits. It replaces a range of existing benefits with a single monthly payment and smoothes the transition

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DWP Working Together Event: Newcastle 4th April 2014

DWP Working Together Event in Newcastle Please find attached the presentations below from Homeless Link, the DWP and Shelter. I have also attached the contact details of delegates who attended or signed up to the event. Homeless Link Presentation Homeless Link DWP Working Together Presentation   Homeless Link have also produced the following guidance on supporting clients into work and working with the JCP. Supporting Clients

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Universal Credit implementation: findings from local authority pilots

The DWP Published Guidance for local authorities on implementing Universal Credit based on the findings of 12 local authority led pilots, you can download the full guidance via the following link This guidance covers the experiences and learning of the 12 local authority led pilots that looked at preparing claimants for Universal Credit and ran between September 2012 and December 2013. It builds on the

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Expectation that jobseekers take steps towards employment before claiming JSA to be introduced from 28 April

  An expectation that jobseekers take steps towards employment before claiming jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) is to be introduced from 28 April. Announcing the new rules today, the DWP says that, before their first interview with a Jobcentre Plus adviser, jobseekers will be asked to take steps towards employment – such as making a CV, setting up an email address and registering for Universal Jobmatch –

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DWP :Replacement of the online Benefits Adviser

DWP is making significant changes to the way it supports self service customers to determine their potential eligibility to benefits and tax credits. The department’s existing online benefits calculator, Benefits Adviser, is being decommissioned and will be taken offline on 31st March 2014.  DWP will not be developing a replacement; instead, visitors to GOV.UK will be directed towards high quality online benefit calculators offered by

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