Welfare Rights - Universal Credit block
Universal credit is a new benefit for people of working age, who are in or out of work. It is due to be introduced from October 2013 for new claims.
This page lists all our resources on universal credit.
Universal Credit Early Warning System
Send us your case examples!
As the roll-out of universal credit gathers pace, we’d like to start building an evidence base on how the new benefit is affecting the health and wellbeing of children, their families and the communities and services that support them.
Building on the success of CPAG in Scotland’s Early Warning System, we are launching an Early Warning System for the rest of the UK beginning with cases relating to universal credit. We’d like to hear from you if you have cases that illustrate how universal credit is being implemented in practice, whether claimants are better or worse off than under the old system and how the new and old systems are being integrated. We will use the information gathered, in conjunction with evidence from CPAG in Scotland’s Early Warning System, to –
- alert the DWP, local authorities and other interested parties to the issues raised with a view to influencing policy and working to get administrative problems resolved;
- gather cases for our test case work ; and
- ensure that advisers are kept up to date with the latest universal credit developments through our training, publications and Ask CPAG online resources.
So, if you are an adviser in England, Wales or Northern Ireland and have a case which illustrates how the new benefit is working for claimants, please complete our Universal Credit Early Warning System form (saving it to your computer first) and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
NB – advisers in Scotland should continue to submit case examples on all welfare reforms, including universal credit, to CPAG in Scotland’s Early Warning System.
- Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook - with universal credit fully integrated
- Universal Credit: what you need to know - the 'essentials' guide
- Universal credit training courses in London and Scotland