universal credit

  • Universal credit: get ready

    Issue 243 (December 2014)

    With universal credit (UC) due to begin a significant nationwide expansion from February 2015, advisers should be ready for the main rules determining access to the UC system, and the main problems and challenges likely to arise for claimants. Simon Osborne and David Simmons explain.

  • Overpayments and official error

    Issue 242 (October 2014)

    Simon Osborne reviews rules on the relationship between benefit overpayment recovery and official error, with reference to some recent decisions from the Upper Tribunal.

  • Universal credit: expansion to new areas and to couples

    Issue 241 (August 2014)

    Recent rule changes have made a number of changes to the universal credit (UC) rules. The changes include an expansion of the UC areas in north west England, and the introduction of the possibility of new claims from couples. Simon Osborne explains.

  • Tax credits - moving on to universal credit


    This factsheet explains what happens to your tax credit award with the introduction of universal credit.

  • Which benefits are eligible for STBAs?


    Short-term benefit advances (STBAs) are not distinct benefits. They are an early payment of a benefit that you have normally already claimed.

  • Implementing the universal credit roll out


    Universal credit will replace working age means-tested benefits and tax credits from October 2013, be they in or out of work payments. It will gradually replace:

  • Managing digital exclusion


    With the roll out of universal credit being focused on people managing their own applications and accounts online, a number of local authorities were concerned about computer and internet access. Applying for universal credit, and in some cases the social fund, will require a relatively long, undisturbed session on the internet, and many authorities are looking at how to best provide this.

    In Birmingham, one service provider was attempting to map all the digital feeds across Birmingham, to ensure there was an adequate map of free Wi-Fi and computer services.

  • Guide to welfare reforms for local authority staff and their partners


    A (long) plain language guide to welfare reforms for local authority staff and their partners

    A wide reaching programme of welfare reform is underway that will have a significant impact on child poverty levels across local authorities. The scope of the welfare reform programme is broad, and a number of reforms will affect a variety of family types, and for many households, these effects will be cumulative.

  • Universal Credit: what you need to know


    Universal Credit What you need to know

    Price £15 (cover price) (Members and CAB Price £13.00) 
    c.159 pages  ISBN 978-1-910715-05-5

  • Universal credit

    Level: Standard

    training course

    The introduction of universal credit (UC) represents a fundamental change to the system of 'legacy benefits' and tax credits it is replacing.

    This one day course covers:

    • the aims and principles of UC;
    • the roll out of UC in 'gateway' and 'full service' areas;
    • who can claim UC;
    • how it is calculated;
    • claims, payments and disputing decisions;
    • conditionality and sanctions

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