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Jobcentre staff to protest over universal credit

Mon, 29/04/2013 - 14:28 -- nick

The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union, which represents a number of staff in jobcentres, is to protest against the introduction of universal credit.

This new system, which combines a number of benefits into one monthly payment, managed online, has been introduced in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, today.

The PCS and staff at the Ashton-under-Lyne jobcentre are protesting at the government's 'demonising' of the unemployed and benefit claimants, believing it should prioritise job creation and support rather than universal credit.

Universal credit starts today

Mon, 29/04/2013 - 13:16 -- nick

The government has today launched its new universal credit scheme.

It is being tried out in one area first - Ashton-under-Lyne in Greater Manchester - but will be extended to the whole country from October 2013.

Universal credit replaces a range of benefits, including income-based jobseeker's allowance, income-related employment and support allowance, income support, child tax credit, working tax credit, and housing benefit.

Nearly six million people will receive the new payment.

Claimants to get tailored Universal Credit help

Mon, 11/02/2013 - 18:35 -- nick

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has released more details of the support it will make available to vulnerable claimants of Universal Credit.

Help has been developed with local councils, Jobcentre Plus and other local organisations, and will be tailored to the specific needs of each claimant.

DWP has today published a Local Support Services Framework, which sets out the principles for that support and calls for views and feedback from potential local partners, in conjunction with the Local Government Association.

London first for benefits cap

Fri, 21/12/2012 - 13:48 -- nick

Four London boroughs will be the first to see the benefit cap introduced.

It will be introduced in Bromley, Croydon, Enfield and Haringey and rolled out across the country throughout the summer. The cap will be in place across the whole country by summer 2013.

The Benefit Cap will see the amount people can receive in benefits capped at the average earned income after tax and National Insurance for working households of £500 a week for couple and single parent households – the equivalent of £26,000 per year.

2 million better off refusing work under Universal Credit

Fri, 14/12/2012 - 17:38 -- nick

More than 2 million people will be better off refusing work under Universal Credit.

Despite the government's promise that work will always pay under the new system, working women may lose out in large numbers.

Couples with children are likely to be hit hard; the more people work, the more they pay in tax and national insurance, and the more they will lose in means-tested benefits under the plans.

Universal Credit, which will be implemented nationwide from October 2013, was promoted by Prime Minister David Cameron as a way to ensure “it always pays to work.

Three million better off under Universal Credit - DWP

Tue, 11/12/2012 - 12:22 -- nick

Ministers at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have confirmed details of the new Universal Credit benefit system, which will be introduced across the country in October 2013.

They claim that 3 million of Britain's poorest families will be better off under the new system, by around £168 per month.

Universal Credit will replace a range of existing benefits including jobseeker's allowance, tax credits, income support, employment and support allowance, and housing benefit.

Secretary of state for the DWP Ian Duncan Smith said:

DWP 'reducing benefit fraud' - and error

Thu, 29/11/2012 - 12:55 -- nick

The Department for Work and Pensions is today publicising its latest fraud figures.

It has published a press release online:

29 November 2012 – Benefit fraud bill is dropping – but more action is needed

Benefit fraud fell last year – but more action is needed to stop the £1.2bn cost to the taxpayer each year, Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Freud said today.

Universal credit could hurt most vulnerable

Thu, 22/11/2012 - 12:56 -- nick

Universal credit is due to be introduced across the country in October 2013, linking a number of benefits in to one single payment.

But MPs on the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee have "serious concerns" that the most vulnerable people may not be able to cope with the new system.

Universal credit will replace a number of existing working-age benefits - the income-based jobseeker's allowance, income-related employment support allowance, housing benefit, working tax credit, child tax credit and income support.

Is the benefits system too complicated?

Wed, 17/10/2012 - 23:43 -- nick

The excellent article below from BBC News deals with the benefits system and questions whether the new Universal Credit will make it simpler and easier to understand. The current system is complicated, but some of the complications are there for good reasons, like making sure that the very poorest get extra help, discounting richer people from benefits they don't need, or taking account of different levels of disability need.

500,000 disabled people to lose out under Universal Credit

Wed, 17/10/2012 - 14:07 -- nick

Up to 500,000 disabled people, their carers and families could lose out under the government's new Universal Credit system, due to be implemented across the country from October 2013.

A report by The Children's Society, Citizens Advice and Disability Rights UK states that 100,000 households with children could have incomes reduced by up to £28 a week.

The charities want the government to rethink the policy.

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