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An introduction to Universal Credit

Started by Tombenefits   on 13 October 2017 at 20:15
Edited on 27 October 2017 at 19:14


This month is seeing the roll out of Universal Credit big time, with the number of areas covered by Full Service UC almost  doubling between the start of the month and Halloween. 

Scary isn't it :-)

You can see the full roll out timetable from this month on for England, Scotland and Wales here

And N.Ireland joins the UC party too see here

So high time to get some blogs out around what this bigg change means for people affected by cancer.

I'm starting off with a two part overview:

 - Part One: - available here - looks at What is Universal Credit? Who does it affects? and When? and Where?. Simple enough but even here there are some complications because of the long history, diffrent kinds of UC and the odd arrangements around switching over to UC . 

  - in Part Two,  now available here   - I will expand on Why UC? It's more than just a merger of an important group of benefits but one with wider, loftier and tranformational aims.

And that in turn explain How UC works? in a very different way to other benefits you may be used to.

There will be more detailed practical blogs after that to explore specific aspects of UC in more detail.

But if you have any worries, concerns or general queries about UC, it would be great if you would post your comments below.

Or if you have any experiences -good or bad -  of dealing with UC. Some though are loving UC :-) , others hate it :-(

But even if you grow to like UC , it can certainly feel a bit bewildering to start with. :-) 

So it would be particularly useful to share those experiences and feelings  - both good and bad - to help support each other through this change.

But as always please also feel free to just message me for a quiet private chat.

Best wishes,

Tom :-)

Online Centre Benefits Advisor

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