Claims for Universal Credit soar by 13%

?Universal Credit claims have soared, and the benefit system is failing to meet the basic cost of living according to the charity Action for Children The number of people making new Universal Credit claims each week has surged by 13 per cent in the last three months according to official data. On average, 33,000 claims were opened between January and April 2022, compared with 29,000 the previous quarter, demonstrating just how much the cost of living crisis is hitting families across the UK.

Universal Credit: Government urged to stop dangerous rollout

Millions of people are set to be moved off legacy benefits and on to Universal Credit starting on Monday – a plan charities have deemed "too dangerous to continue", which Caridon Foundation and Caridon Landlord Solutions agrees with.

More than 20 charitable groups have written to the work and pensions secretary, Therese Coffey, asking her not to continue with the rollout unless the government…

Sky offers discount to customers on Universal Credit

?This week, TV and broadband provider Sky has announced that anyone in receipt of Universal Credit or State Pension in the UK can access their new Broadband Basics contract helping people save up to £90 a year.

Levelling Up White Paper unveiled but light on landlord detail

?Today (2 February 2022), the Government unveiled its much-anticipated Levelling Up White Paper which has confirmed some big changes on the horizon for the private rented sector, and in particular landlords. However, despite running to 332 pages, the document is light on detail and points to a further White Paper which will be published in the spring focusing primarily on the Private Rented Sector.

Increase to Universal Credit payments from this week

This week, the changes to Universal Credit announced last month by the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, in the Autumn Budget came into effect. These changes see the dreaded Universal Credit taper (how much an individual’s Universal Credit gets reduced by for every pound they earn) reduced from 63 pence to 55 pence, allowing millions of working Brits in receipt of the benefit to keep more of their earnings.

Chancellor reforms Universal Credit

In Wednesday’s Budget, one of the major announcements from the chancellor was that the Universal Credit taper will be reduced from 63% to 55% in a bid to help those full-time workers keep more of their earnings.