With Benefits set to change to Universal Credits I am horrified to find that once again I either live in a cupboard or I really need to start watching the adverts and news instead of series linking everything and fast forwarding!
This time in October the government is set to introduce the new ‘Universal Credit’ which is for people looking for work or on a low income.
The new fangled benefit is set to replace 6 previous benefits instead:
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income Support
- Child Tax Credits
- Working Tax Credits
- Housing Benefit
Now from what I have been researching it seems this benefit is being actioned to empower people to work for any amount of time without being penalised with the amount of time it takes to apply and receive these benefits. We all know that previously applying and receiving them could take weeks if not months, so hopefully this will help people who need benefits to receive their entitlement more easily.
Now so far there has been a limited area piloting the scheme since April 29th, However Universal Credits Benefit will be rolled out throughout the UK from October 2013 and will effectively all be in place by 2017.
The Benefit is going to be set up as a monthly payment that the claimant will receive directly to them and if the person claiming is entitled to multiple elements they will be combined into the one payment where as previously multiple payments were made independently.
There are many concerns with the rolling out of this benefit including but not exclusively, extreme assessments of people with disabilities, people effected in higher costing housing areas and unrealistic expectations for single parent families.
I have no doubt that many people across the country is in a state of agitation regarding this new system and how this will officially effect them. There is still so much still unconfirmed that is only leading to the panic.
So how will this change effect you? I found these sites useful in the researching that I have done to date:
Disclaimer: I am not a qualified benefits specialist and this post was created entirely from my own opinions as well as reading articles like the ones listed above.