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Unemployed held in call centre to push online claims

Mon, 17/09/2012 - 10:05 -- nick

This article from The Guardian shows how much the government wants to push unemployed people to make their benefit claims online. The new Universal Credit, which will be launched across the country in October 2013, will be delivered primarily online, and holding people on a telephone line to listen to messages supporting a move to this way of running their claims is one way in which it promotes this.

Universal credit: Fortnightly benefits to stay for some

Mon, 10/09/2012 - 23:52 -- nick

Some benefit claimants may be allowed to remain on fortnightly payments when a new benefit system is launched next year, ministers have said.

Under the new Universal Credit, all claimants are meant to receive monthly payments to help simplify the system.

But anti-poverty groups fear the move could harm the most vulnerable.

Ministers acknowledged some claimants may find it "difficult to cope" and could be allowed to keep fortnightly payments for an "interim" period.

Benefits change: What are the Universal Credit fears?

Sun, 09/09/2012 - 23:36 -- nick

Seventy organisations, most of which will be involved in implementing the biggest overhaul of the benefits system since the creation of the welfare state, have told MPs of their concerns about the government's plans.

BBC Radio 4's The World This Weekend has been shown the written evidence submitted to the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee, which is examining the progress being made towards the implementation of the Universal Credit in the autumn of 2013.

Universal Credit will punish low earners, say campaigners

Fri, 07/09/2012 - 12:36 -- nick

Four million people, including a million single parents in work, will lose out when the Government streamlines the benefits system next year, according to new research.

Gingerbread, which campaigns for lone-parent families, warned that the Coalition would "give with one hand and take with the other" when the Universal Credit is introduced from October 2013.

Freud names local authority pilot long-list for Universal Credit

Thu, 26/07/2012 - 13:35 -- nick
The Department for Work and Pensions and the Local Government Association have today named fifteen local authorities in England recommended as potential pilot sites for Universal Credit. The pilots will focus on delivering the face to face support some people may need to make claims for Universal Credit, including online support, help with budgeting and job searches, reducing fraud and error, and reducing homelessness. From these recommendations, DWP will now make a final selection of those that will go ahead in the Autumn.

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