Universal Credit rollout - what's happening across Fife

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Published: Wednesday 11 Oct 2017 by Fife Council

Full Service Universal Credit will reach Fife on 6th December (with some households in the Tayport area affected by 4th November due to rollout across Dundee).

This large scale change to the welfare system aims to make claims simpler, and encourage more people into work, by replacing some benefits with a single monthly payment.

At present UC live service operates in Fife and this is limited to new claims from single people. From December Full Service rollout will see all new customers (couples and lone parents) claiming UC.

There are a number of exceptions to this change and many will remain on ‘legacy benefits’ i.e. the existing scheme - unless their circumstances change. Job Centre Work Coaches are advising their claimants.

Fife Council have already announced their opposition to the timing of the rollout of Universal Credit, particularly as there is usually a 6 week wait for the first payment to come through, and this will fall over the festive period where financial pressures are at their peak.

A briefing note (see publications) has been produced for staff which highlights what we are doing across Fife to prepare for this change to the benefits system:

-          Getting online to make and maintain claims

-          Awaiting first payment

-          Arrangements for festive period

-          Scottish Flexibilities

-          Training and awareness for staff

-          Employees of Fife Council who claim Universal Credit

Copies of 'Your Guide to Universal Credit' are currently being delivered throughout Fife and copies are available on request from laura.watson@fife.gov.uk 

If you want to know more about Universal Credit and its impact, sign up for our free e-learning module 'Supporting Hard-Up Households', developed for Fife by Child Poverty Action Group (Scotland). Once registered you can also complete modules on Universal Credit in particular.

Information on managing your benefits, living on a budget and looking for work is available at www.fifedirect.org.uk/benefits  

 

 

Lyndsey Maricic, Policy Officer 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 61 38 Contact Lyndsey Maricic online
By Post: Fife Council Brunton House High Street Cowdenbeath Fife KY4 9QU

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