Universal Credit will be rolled out in Wolverhampton between December 2015 and April 2016.
Announcements so far indicate that to start with the only single people who would otherwise have claimed Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance due to unemployment will be put on Universal Credit, but this may change.
The government says Universal Credit will make the benefits system easier, to to make sure it pays to be in work.
It will replace a number of different ‘working-age’ benefits including Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit.
It is expected that claims will be made ‘online’ via computer.
One Voice can help you with this – we have a number of tablet computers so we can help people filling in forms and making claims
Universal Credit payments are made monthly in arrears and will include an allowance for housing costs (rent or mortgage interest).
DLA claimants age 65 years or over transfer to Pensions
Directorate in DWP
From Wednesday 25 February, contact numbers for Disability Living Allowance (DLA) claimants whose date of
birth is on or before 8 April 1948 have changed-
For those born on or before 8 April 1948
Telephone: 0345 605 6055 Telephone: 0845 605 6055 Textphone: 0345 604 5312
For those born on or after 9 April 1948
Telephone: 0345 712 3456 Telephone: 0845 712 3456 Textphone: 0345 722 4433
Tories- £12billion More of Benefit Cuts
The BBC has seen DWP documents during an investigation into where the earmarked £12billion in benefit cuts may be made-‘Carer’s Allowance – this could be restricted to those eligible for Universal Credit. Leaked documents suggest about 40% of claimants would lose out. DWP predicted saving – £1bn. The contributory element of Employment and Support Allowance
and Job Seekers Allowance – currently claimants who have paid enough
National Insurance contributions can get the benefits with little means testing; DWP analysis suggests 30% of claimants, over 300,000 families, would lose about £80 per week. DWP predicted saving – £1.3bn in 2018/19. Disability benefits – Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payments and Attendance Allowance (for over 65s who have personal care needs) would no longer be paid tax free. Possible saving – £1.5bn per annum
(based on IFS Green Budget calculation). Industrial Injuries Compensation Scheme – could be replaced by companies providing industrial injury insurance policy for employees. Any that did not would become members of a default national industrial injuries scheme, similar to the programme for asbestos sufferers. DWP predicted saving – £1bn. Council Tax Support – to be incorporated into Universal Credit. Possible saving – not known.
Child Benefit – Limiting the benefit to the first two children. Possible saving
IFS estimates £1bn saving per annum in the long run but little initially.
Regional Benefit Caps – The £23,000 limit would vary in different parts of the country, with for instance Londoners receiving the top amount due to the higher cost of living. Possible saving – not known and dependent on where levels were set.’