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.
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.