Tag: Universal Credit

Help to get ready for Universal Credit

Universal Credit (UC) is a massive change implemented by the UK Government to how people receive six existing benefits. These are being rolled into one monthly payment. These changes will have an impact on how and when people are paid. The benefits being incorporate into UC are: Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance Income-related

Help to get internet ready for Universal Credit

Leeds City College is running a Digital Literacy course to help people prepare for the new Universal Credit benefit system. The controversial new benefit is being phased in and will replace six existing benefits with one monthly payment. It will replace: Child Tax Credit; Housing Benefit; Income Support; Income-based Jobseeker’s

Inner South Area Committee to discuss impact of Welfare Reforms

  Leeds City Council’s Inner South Area Committee is to meet next Wednesday (4th September 2013) and on its agenda is a detailed report on the impact of welfare reforms in the area. The government’s welfare reform programme has included the introduction of limits to Housing Benefit – the so-called

South of the River – Where have the banks gone?

Tomorrow, May the fourth, is Star Wars day. I was going to write about it, but I notice that rather like the planet Alderaan, our banks are disappearing.  Any similarity between Darth Vader and bank bosses is purely coincidental. South Leeds Life carried the story last week that Yorkshire Bank

South of the River – Unintended Consequences

How on earth could Iain Duncan Smith and William Hill be good for South Leeds? If they are, it’s all about unintended consequences. I’ve talked previously about the havoc that the government’s welfare “reforms” will bring to South Leeds. Someone else has commented that calling them “reforms” is like saying

South of the River – in the land of “reform”

Never mind the Budget this week, it’s the massive cuts already coming our way in the Welfare Reforms that will hurt South Leeds. I went to the Inner South Area Committee meeting on Wednesday night. I haven’t written up a proper report because it was mostly rather dull. However, the

South of the River – Where the cold winds of austerity blow

The cold winds of austerity are beginning to bite. April is just around the corner and with it comes the Bedroom Tax and further cuts to the Council’s budget. The there are big changes being made to the benefit system. In October “Universal Credit” will shake up the entire benefits