Amongst the population of Penarth there are  hundreds of  claimants who from today are   now entitled to receive Universal Credit and associated welfare benefits

As of today the UK Government’s new Universal Credit becomes available to ALL welfare claimants in Penarth.

Universal Credit is the UK government’s new  combined welfare payments system which now includes a whole range of various allowances which used to be paid separately.

Now included in Universal Credit are the following allowances: –

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Employment and Support Allowances
  • Working Tax Credits
  • Child Tax Credits
  • Housing Benefit

Universal Credit will now support all claimant types in Penarth, including people with
disabilities, families and low earners, as well as job-seekers. Families on Universal Credit who move into work , can now  claim back up to 85% of their  eligible childcare costs, potentially boosting their finances by over £13,000 a year.

The Government says the system allows families and disabled people on Universal Credit who are in work to “keep more of what they earn”.

In Penarth single jobseekers are already receiving support from a “dedicated work coach ” to find a job or to increase their earnings . However asfo this week all types of claimants will be able to benefit from the Universal Credit system.

The manager of the Penarth Job centre, Cath Thomas, says “Universal Credit offers tailored support, which includes more personalised help from a work coach. The new system is also more flexible, which means people can take on short-term work to develop their skills and build up their experience.

She says “We’d encourage anyone who needs extra help or information to come and talk to their work coach.”

If claimants  can’t wait for their first Universal Credit payment to come through they can request an  advance payment.

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  1. Christopher David says:

    What a ridiculous system. This is subsidising (often tax dodging) big business to pay low wages. So pay buttons- tax them on buttons, then pay the low earners back in a variety of ways from other tax payers. Meanwhile we have armies of civil servants being paid to administer this mad system. In an equitable system the only people requiring benefits should be the disabled and the jobless. The latter should work for their benefits on community projects and work training- which is where the so-called work coaches should be- or be replaced by. Council services are struggling and we have thousands of perfectly able people sitting at home. But its starts with employment, earnings and taxation.

    • snoggerdog says:

      succintly put chris ,so why cant our politicians join up the dots,is there something in it for them not to,because there usually is.

      • Christopher David says:

        Just damn self serving arse’s with a bunch of wannabe fools following the geniuses that come up with the systems. Best I can do here 🙂

  2. gimme gimme gimme says:

    I wants compensation for living near the mud I does.
    how I get money for my hurt feelings with this hinkley waste?

  3. Andrew Worsley says:

    Gimee gimme …………………grow up!

  4. Louise C says:

    Let’s donate to the local food bank. You can also donate to the Thrussel Trust, which runs many food banks, online. Donate unwanted winter clothing to our many charity shops. I wonder how the benefit cuts will affect our local economy?

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