William Eichler 11 July 2019

UC payment delays should be no more than a week, MPs say

UC payment delays should be no more than a week, MPs say  image

Two independent MPs have called for Universal Credit payments to begin within a week of registering for the benefit.

The Government’s flagship welfare reform, which rolls six benefit payments into one, has been criticised for what is often a five-week delay between when a claimant applies for it and when it is received.

Frank Field and Heidi Allen MPs have called for this waiting period to be reduced to one week and have urged the next Prime Minister to make the method by which payments are calculated more flexible.

A recent study by the housing association The Riverside Group revealed that two fifths of their residents who claimed UC payments had been forced to use food banks because of payment delays.

They calculated that if this was extrapolated across the five million extra UC recipients who are predicted to sign up between now and 2023, then there will be 2.05 million more people relying on help from food banks and other voluntary organisations.

Writing in The House, the independent MPs said that austerity had ‘undermined a century’s work to protect the most vulnerable in our society’ and called for ‘urgent reform’ to tackle poverty.

As well as urging the next PM to reform Universal Credit, they recommended an immediate end of the freeze on family benefits and tax credits, and said that these benefits should be uprated at least in line with the cost of living.

Our school places challenge image

Our school places challenge

A new report has warned the UK needs more than 600 new schools by 2022 to meet demand. Mark Robinson explores how local authorities can address the school place shortfall.
Setting the standard image

Setting the standard

Terry Coyle explains why it makes sense to work with a company that has its management system and auditor competency processes approved by UKAS.
Highways jobs

Solicitor/Barrister Advocate - Children’s x4

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Band I, SCP 44 - 47 (£46,564 - £49,538 per annum) (£24.14 - 25.68 per hour)
A fantastic opportunity to join an exciting, dynamic, pioneering new advocate team in Sandwell. Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Solicitor/Barrister Governance Principal Business Lead

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Band I, SCP 44 - 47 (£46,564 - £49,538 per annum) (£24.14 - £25.68 per hour)
A fantastic opportunity to join an exciting, dynamic, pioneering legal team in Sandwell. Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Employment Solicitor/Barrister Advocate

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Band I, SCP 44 - 47 (£46,564 - £49,538 per annum) (£24.14 - £25.68 per hour)
A fantastic opportunity to join an exciting, dynamic, pioneering new advocate team in Sandwell. Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Solicitor/Barrister Advocate - Criminal

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Band I, SCP 44 - 47 (£46,564 - £49,538 per annum) (£24.14 - £25.68 per hour)
A fantastic opportunity to join an exciting, dynamic, pioneering new advocate team in Sandwell. Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Transportation Planning Officer x2

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Band F, SCP 26-31 (£29,636 – £33,799 per annum) (£15.36 - £17.52 per hour)
The post holders will be part of a team developing transport policy encompassing all modes of travel Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

The June issue of Local Government News contains the full details of all the winning schemes in the 2019 Street Design Awards. From Children's Play to Pedestrian Environment, find out who has been recognised for their innovation and use of best practice.

This issue also explores how local government pension funds can hedge currency risk, how councils can best address the shortfall in school places, and an update on the number of authorities banning the use of Roundup over safety fears.

Register for your free magazine