Universal credit to be discussed by Cabinet members

02/10/2018, PR8890

​Changes to the UK's social security system – to be rolled out in the district in November - are to be discussed by Wakefield Council's Cabinet members.

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​The Government is introducing its new Universal Credit Full Service which replaces six means-tested benefits for working-age households. The benefits are Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit, Employment and Support Allowance, Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit.

Wakefield's Cabinet members, meeting on October 8, will be discussing the new system.

Around 18,000 people claim Housing Benefit in the Wakefield district, however most of these will not be immediately affected, as the new system will apply initially to people who need to make a new claim.

People on Housing Benefit are likely to be moved over to Universal Credit over the next few years, depending on their circumstances.

Cllr Les Shaw
Cllr Les Shaw

​Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Corporate Services, said: "As a Council we can't control changes to the social security system, but we will provide help to residents and to support them through the change process and any impact this may have on them."

Councillors are being asked to note the report, and a further update will be provided to them in March 2019.

The meeting on Monday 8 October is being held at Ossett Town Hall from 10.30am to 12pm.

The meeting will be streamed live on the day, or can be watched on the Council's website later at: www.wakefield.gov.uk/livestream

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