Fresh concerns about universal credit in East Lancashire

Fresh concerns about universal credit in East Lancashire

Fresh concerns about universal credit in East Lancashire

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FRESH concerns have been raised about Universal Credit, the new benefits system that is due to be introduced nationally by the end of the year.
Lian Pate, who runs the Switch Centres in Burnley and Accrington, which offer advice and support to job seekers, said that people on benefits are being warned that they will soon be switched over to the new system, but that they have been unable to get clarification as to when exactly the change will happen.
Universal Credit, which is due to be rolled out nationally by 2017, replaces six existing welfare benefits, including housing benefit, with a single, monthly household payment.
It will require claimants to access benefits online, to pay rent themselves, rather than housing benefit going directly to landlords and to have a bank account which can handle direct debits.
Universal Credit has been criticised because people applying for benefits will only be be able to apply via a new online service, and benefits will be paid monthly rather than weekly.
Lian said: “One of our customers was saying yesterday that he was being placed on Universal Credit soon.
“We keep hearing this from Job Centre Plus, not just in Burnley but Accrington too, however when us or colleagues ask for written confirmation they say they don't have anything.
“It's very odd, but it does sound like the change is imminent, as in weeks away. It’ll hit folk hard.”
A spokewoman for the Department for Work and Pensions said that all claimaints in the North West would be switched over to Universal Credit ‘shortly’. 

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12:32pm Sun 3 Aug 14

Mothernature says...

From the governments official website - https://www.gov.uk/j
obcentres-where-you-
can-claim-universal-
credit

You may be able to claim Universal Credit if you live in an area that is covered by a jobcentre listed below.
Further jobcentres will be added to this list as Universal Credit expands to more areas.

Universal Credit jobcentres

This list was last updated on 28 July 2014.

Altrincham
Ashton-under-Lyne
Bath
Birkenhead
Bolton
Bootle
Bromborough
Bury
Chester
Congleton
Crewe
Crosby
Eccles
Farnworth
Hammersmith
Harrogate
Hoylake
Huyton
Hyde
Inverness
Kirkby
Leyland
Newton-le-Willows
Oldham
Preston
Prestwich
Rugby
Shotton
Southport
St Helens
Stalybridge
Stretford
Upton
Wallasey
Warrington
Wigan
Wilmslow
Worsley
From the governments official website - https://www.gov.uk/j obcentres-where-you- can-claim-universal- credit You may be able to claim Universal Credit if you live in an area that is covered by a jobcentre listed below. Further jobcentres will be added to this list as Universal Credit expands to more areas. Universal Credit jobcentres This list was last updated on 28 July 2014. Altrincham Ashton-under-Lyne Bath Birkenhead Bolton Bootle Bromborough Bury Chester Congleton Crewe Crosby Eccles Farnworth Hammersmith Harrogate Hoylake Huyton Hyde Inverness Kirkby Leyland Newton-le-Willows Oldham Preston Prestwich Rugby Shotton Southport St Helens Stalybridge Stretford Upton Wallasey Warrington Wigan Wilmslow Worsley Mothernature
  • Score: 6

12:59pm Sun 3 Aug 14

greenscreener says...

Mothernature wrote:
From the governments official website - https://www.gov.uk/j

obcentres-where-you-

can-claim-universal-

credit

You may be able to claim Universal Credit if you live in an area that is covered by a jobcentre listed below.
Further jobcentres will be added to this list as Universal Credit expands to more areas.

Universal Credit jobcentres

This list was last updated on 28 July 2014.

Altrincham
Ashton-under-Lyne
Bath
Birkenhead
Bolton
Bootle
Bromborough
Bury
Chester
Congleton
Crewe
Crosby
Eccles
Farnworth
Hammersmith
Harrogate
Hoylake
Huyton
Hyde
Inverness
Kirkby
Leyland
Newton-le-Willows
Oldham
Preston
Prestwich
Rugby
Shotton
Southport
St Helens
Stalybridge
Stretford
Upton
Wallasey
Warrington
Wigan
Wilmslow
Worsley
The LT have started a campaign to understand exactly who is receiving their benefits through the Universal Tax Credit scheme.

To join in simply put UTC at the end of your comment.
[quote][p][bold]Mothernature[/bold] wrote: From the governments official website - https://www.gov.uk/j obcentres-where-you- can-claim-universal- credit You may be able to claim Universal Credit if you live in an area that is covered by a jobcentre listed below. Further jobcentres will be added to this list as Universal Credit expands to more areas. Universal Credit jobcentres This list was last updated on 28 July 2014. Altrincham Ashton-under-Lyne Bath Birkenhead Bolton Bootle Bromborough Bury Chester Congleton Crewe Crosby Eccles Farnworth Hammersmith Harrogate Hoylake Huyton Hyde Inverness Kirkby Leyland Newton-le-Willows Oldham Preston Prestwich Rugby Shotton Southport St Helens Stalybridge Stretford Upton Wallasey Warrington Wigan Wilmslow Worsley[/p][/quote]The LT have started a campaign to understand exactly who is receiving their benefits through the Universal Tax Credit scheme. To join in simply put UTC at the end of your comment. greenscreener
  • Score: 2

11:51pm Sun 3 Aug 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Hopefully hard times are ahead for the great unwashed.
Hopefully hard times are ahead for the great unwashed. 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -11

8:35am Mon 4 Aug 14

DaveBurnley says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Hopefully hard times are ahead for the great unwashed.
You should feel at home then.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Hopefully hard times are ahead for the great unwashed.[/p][/quote]You should feel at home then. DaveBurnley
  • Score: 6

5:03pm Mon 4 Aug 14

boynesider says...

there will be a complete meltdown when this is introduced.Monthly pay?direct to claimant? forced to have a bank account? bank charges no doubt,Tories looking after their banking mates?
there will be a complete meltdown when this is introduced.Monthly pay?direct to claimant? forced to have a bank account? bank charges no doubt,Tories looking after their banking mates? boynesider
  • Score: 8

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