News: DWP announces new £10 million fund to help vulnerable people claim universal credit

Funding will be available to charities and other support organisations from April 2020

The DWP has announced a new £10 million ‘Universal Credit Transition Fund’ to help vulnerable people claim universal credit.

Highlighting that claims data shows that around a fifth of universal credit claimants have delayed making a claim, for reasons including they didn’t know how to make a claim or because they thought they would find a job quickly, the DWP advises that it is providing funding to partner organisations, including charities, from April 2020.-

‘It will aim to help vulnerable people, including disabled people, care leavers and those with mental health issues, claim universal credit as a route into work. It will support innovative ideas for engaging with vulnerable people early, helping them to make timely claims to the new benefit.’

Commenting on the new funding, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Dr Therese Coffey said –

‘I am delighted to announce a £10 million challenge fund to support the most vulnerable in society with their Universal Credit claims.

Universal Credit is now supporting more than 2.5 million people. Around 1 million disabled households are better off under Universal Credit and we will continue to deliver targeted support through this fund and other measures.’

For more information see £10 million fund to help vulnerable people claim Universal Credit from gov.uk

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Patrick Downes

Third Sector Development Officer – IT Lead based in Pontypool

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