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2.7 million won't cope with Universal Credit

Wed, 02/10/2013 - 16:49 -- nick

2.7 million people will struggle to cope with the new Universal Credit system, a report says.

The Payments Council says the move to monthly payments will lead to problems with budgeting income.

Benefits are currently paid every two weeks.

The government has made plans for some vulnerable people to keep their fortnightly payments, but millions more will fall outside this provision.

The Payments Council oversees card and bank transfers, and surveyed benefit claimants over the last month.

Unversal Credit fiasco continues as IDS blames civil servants

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 12:34 -- nick

The chaos surrounding the government's doomed Universal Credit system continues today as it is described as overambitious, badly managed and poor value for money.

The National Audit Office (NAO), the watchdog for publc spending, made the damning criticisms in the report 'Universal Credit: early progress.

Universal Credit IT system needs redesign as millions wasted

Wed, 04/09/2013 - 13:47 -- nick

The government's failing universal credit system needs a thorough redesign of its software even though jobseekers are currently using it.

The Guardian is reporting that new head of project Howard Shiplee has ordered the work despite Ian Duncan Smith's department having already spent a massive £270 million on it.

The newspaper writes:

Benefit changes mean £31 weekly loss for hard-up families

Thu, 15/08/2013 - 11:26 -- nick

Three-quarters of claimants will not be able to avoid hardship under the government's new benefits regime by moving house or getting a job.

A study by the Local Government Association (LGA) has shown that housing and other benefit cuts affecting the UK's 1.18 million workless households will lead to hardship for most.

Benefits forgotten in Universal Credit chaos

Wed, 07/08/2013 - 11:34 -- nick

Up to fourteen benefits may have been forgotten in the government's dash towards implementing its chaotic Universal Credit system.

Known as 'passported benefits', they include free school meals, health benefits and legal aid, and have a value that could run into thousands of pounds each year for some families.

The fear has been triggered by an appearance from under-fire Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith in front of a committee of MPs.

Universal Credit in chaos as DWP staff describe "panic"

Mon, 05/08/2013 - 11:50 -- nick

The government's flagship Universal Credit scheme is in chaos after staff working on it called it "soul-destroying" and "unbelievably frustrating".

Universal Credit was supposed to unite out-of-work and in-work benefits, making it easier for unemployed people to take work and ensuring work always pays, but a survey of Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) staff leaked to The Guardian shows that, behind closed doors, all is not well.

Universal Credit doesn't always pay despite government promises

Fri, 12/07/2013 - 12:55 -- nick

Despite the promises of government ministers the new Universal Credit system does not always pay.

The scheme joins up six working age benefits and tax credits with the aim of making it easier to take work and to make sure it leaves 'strivers' with more money at the end of the month.

Universal Credit protects tenants, but misunderstands low paid work

Thu, 27/06/2013 - 15:09 -- nick

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced protections for tenants under the new Universal Credit system.

Speaking at the Chartered Institute of Housing Annual Conference in Manchester, Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Freud said that three levels of protection will exist:

Universal Credit could cut poverty, says TUC

Fri, 21/06/2013 - 15:04 -- nick

The new Universal Credit system could help cut poverty, the TUC has suggested, but only by spending more money on it.

Writing in its ToUChstone blog, Alison Garnham says that current benefits policies, including increasing them by less than the rate of inflation, are designing poverty into the system and ensuring the number living on an insufficient income is increasing.

She points out that increasing key elements of Universal Credit, including the value of the child elements or the limit up to which a family can retail earnings, could lift more children out of poverty.

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