London Councils welcomes new support for vulnerable Universal Credit claimants

  • By JackGraves

London Councils is welcoming the government’s recent announcement of increased support for vulnerable claimants eligible for Universal Credit.  

The government said that individuals who live alone with substantial care needs and receive the Severe Disability Premium will not be moved to Universal Credit until they quality for transitional protection – meaning their level of benefits will not be cut.  

In its summary of the Universal Credit Full Business Case, the government also revealed increased incentives for parents to take short-term or temporary work by ensuring that the award of, or increase in, support for childcare costs will not erode their transitional protection.

Cllr Muhammed Butt, London Councils’ Executive member for welfare, empowerment, and inclusion, said:

“We’re pleased to see the government listening to our concerns and doing more to make Universal Credit a success for low-income Londoners.

“Universal Credit represents a huge change to the welfare system and it’s essential that vulnerable Londoners, such as those with disabilities, receive the support and financial security they need.

“However, concerns remain about the transition onto Universal Credit. With just over a year to go until claimants start to be moved onto Universal Credit, London boroughs still need more information about how this will work in practice and what other measures of support there will be for vulnerable claimants.”

“We hope the government recognises the integral role of local authorities in this process and will continue to work with us to address these issues.”

London Councils has consistently supported the principles of simplifying the welfare system and making work pay through Universal Credit. However, the capital’s higher housing, childcare and transport costs, alongside other London-specific factors, have often meant Londoners have lost out as a result of welfare reform and local authorities have faced additional costs.

 

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Notes to Editors:

  1. More information on London Councils' work on Universal Credit can be found here.
  2. London Councils represents London’s 32 borough councils and the City of London. It is a cross-party organisation that works on behalf of all of its member authorities regardless of political persuasion. More about London Councils here.
  3. For further information or interview requests, please contact the London Councils press office on 020 7934 9970.