universal credit

  • Managing digital exclusion


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    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


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    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


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    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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  • Universal credit: budgeting support

    Issue 234 (June 2013)
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    David Simmons examines DWP guidance on the provision of budgeting support for universal credit claimants.

  • Will Universal Credit Work?


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    This report, published by the TUC and CPAG, finds that universal credit risks failing even on its own terms unless adjustments to its design are made and broader policies to tackle the causes of poverty are put in place.

  • Welfare reform in 2013

    Issue 233 (April 2013)
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    2013 is a landmark year in welfare reform. Simon Osborne outlines the main changes.

  • Introduction to benefits for ill-health


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    This one-day course gives you an introduction to employment and support allowance (ESA) and to claiming amounts in universal credit (UC) for ill or disabled people who are unable to work. Assuming little or no previous experience, this course provides an introduction to the medical assessments that apply for both ESA and universal credit.

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  • Universal credit - the essentials

    Level: Basic

    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 introductory course provides an overview of UC, covering:

    • 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 and paid;
    • conditionality and sanctions

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  • Editorial: low-income families face another bleak year

    Issue 141 (Spring 2013)
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    Looking back at how low-income families fared in 2012 is a dispiriting exercise: minimal wage rises, the escalating price of essentials and benefit cuts all conspired to make it a dismal year.  Sadly, 2013 looks set to be no better: this year we will see, among other things, the introduction of the benefit cap which, for the first time since the 1970s, disconnects assistance from assessed need; the localisation of the social fund and of council tax benefit, which will result in many low-income families having to find the funds to pay council tax in the future; and the advent of the tougher regimes of both universal credit and personal independence payment.