Welfare Reforms – overview from the Debt Strand and some detail on Universal Credit

Welfare Reforms – overview from the Debt Strand and some detail on Universal Credit
Several of the team recently attended a briefing from the DWP organised by Community Money Advice. The changes are the most fundamental for 60 years and the aims are for a simpler, fairer benefits system and to ensure that work pays.

These changes involve:
• Universal credit (UC)
• Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
• Employment Support Allowance (ESA) time-limiting
• Benefit cap
• Social Fund changes
• Housing Benefit (HB)
• Revised appeals process

Underpinning the above are some new initiatives and mandatory changes:
• The aim is to switch to digital claims for benefits and job searches. For example all claims for UC will have to be on-line
• GOV.UK has replaced Direct.gov and Business Link websites
• On line Benefit Adviser Service
• Employers are now required to send online weekly returns to HMRC regarding wages and NI payments.
• Universal Jobmatch launched online November 2012 where:
– Users can create and upload their CV
– Search and apply for jobs 24/7
– Access personal accounts
– Tailor job preferences and receive job alerts for a relevant job vacancy
– Employers can upload and manage their own job vacancies and receive CVs’ from those who match the person and job spec.

For further information on Universal Credit click here

To discuss any issues arising from this overview contact Michael Waters on debtsupport@thecrossway.org.uk

14th May 2013 Posted in: St John's Stories by Stella Jennings 0

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