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.