UNIVERSAL CREDIT IS ABOUT TO BE LAUNCHED

The new Universal Credit payments involve close co-operation between the Vale Council and the Department of Work and Pensions

The new Universal Credit payments involve close co-operation between the Vale Council and the Department of Work and Pensions

Next Monday sees the start of the introduction of Universal Credit in the Vale of Glamorgan – but initially it will only be for people “who would have previously made a new claim for Jobseekers Allowance”.

Eventually Universal Credit will roll together all of the following benefits – which currently are all paid separately – into one single monthly payment:-

  • Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Housing Benefit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support

The first tentative steps to bring in the new system are coming in this month but it will be a gradual transition.

The scheme begins for a small group of people on Monday February 22nd

The scheme begins for a small group of people on Monday February 22nd

Under this new system,  claims for Housing Benefit will start to be made as part of the Universal Credit claim to Jobcentre Plus (the Department for Work and Pensions) instead of to the Vale of Glamorgan Council – but at first this will only be for what the Vale of Glamorgan Council describes as a “a limited number of customers who would have previously made a new claim for Jobseekers Allowance.”

Up until now the Vale Council has processed all claims for Housing Benefit. Now, as from next Monday (February 22nd 2016)    the council will be working with the Department of Work and Pensions and “supporting Jobcentre Plus staff” in dealing with  “housing rent issues”.

During the transition the Vale Council says it will “still handle Housing Benefit applications unless  Jobcentre Plus advise the claimant otherwise, in which case they will notify the claimant how and where to make an application”.

The council says local pensioners will not be affected by the introduction of Universal Credit and will continue to receive help with their rent (in the form of Housing Benefit) through the council.

 

About NewsNet

Penarth Daily News email address dmj@newsnet.uk . Penarth Daily News is an independent free on-line fair and balanced news service published by NewsNet Ltd covering the town of Penarth in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, UK. All our news items are based on the information we receive or discover at the time of publication and are published on the basis that they are accurate to the best of our knowledge and belief at that time.
This entry was posted in Penarth Daily News. Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to UNIVERSAL CREDIT IS ABOUT TO BE LAUNCHED

  1. Christopher David says:

    If people were paid properly then taxed properly there would be no need for the credits and that small number taking advantage would have to work within an equal budget. What a wacky system- pay someone buttons, then give them taxes back. Its all a nonsense. The only people on benefits should be short term unemployed who can work on hour related community projects and the genuinely disadvantaged who deserve all the help we can give.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s