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Managing money and cards – another challenge of Universal Credit

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By Helen Jones |  May 23, 2013 |

Elaine and Claire calculating at Leeds GATEFrom next year, another big change in the lives of many will be the practical impact of Universal Credit payments. Gone will be the weekly or fortnightly payments of different benefits, such as ESA one week, housing benefit another and Child Benefit the next.  In comes one big monthly payment which rolls together most benefits (pretty much anything outside pensions and disability payments).  In comes the expectation to manage this money yourself as out go direct payments to landlords and others.

What has co-production got to do with you? Yes, that means You!

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By Helen Jones |  May 22, 2013 |

Improving Gypsy and Traveller health and wellbeing.

Next week our long awaited Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Community Health Needs Assessment (CNHA) will be released.  It has been a long process to reach the release date, not least because issues affecting the health and wellbeing of staff and community members at GATE. We’ll be blogging more about the findings of the CHNA over the next few weeks.

Universal Credit - A report by Leeds GATE and Irish Traveller Movement in Britain

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By Helen Jones |  May 13, 2013 |

As part of our objective 'improving education, employment and financial inclusion' Leeds GATE have been working with the Irish Traveller Movement in Britain, ITMB, to asses the likely impact of welfare benefit changes.  We are pleased to release a joint report about the upcoming Universal Credit benefit change and the impact this might have on the Gypsy and Traveller community.  

"A Great Day" - open day success at Leeds GATE

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By Helen Jones |  April 29, 2013 |

Hilary Benn at Leeds GATEAfter all the planning, arranging and rearranging, the great day arrived and the new Learning and Resource Center at the Leeds GATE office in Cross Green, was opened in fine style. Guests from across the country, community members and people from all sorts of organisations, joined Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP to celebrate with us.

Its all going online!

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By Helen Jones |  April 19, 2013 |

Universal Credit is the first public benefit that everyone will have to access via the internet...

Online at Leeds GATE...it will bring in some big financial and practical changes to so many people’s lives when it is fully introduced next year.  One less talked about part of this, though of likely huge impact to the Gypsy and Traveller community, is the move online.  By that I mean that if you want to do anything with those benefits which come under Universal Credit (most things outside pensions and disability) then you will have to do so using the internet.