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Universal Credit

Universal Credit – Yes, it’s still happening

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By Ben Chastney |  November 23, 2016 |

It seems like years ago we were awaiting the imminent introduction of Universal Credit and stressing concerns about what that might all mean for Gypsies and Travellers. Turns out it was years ago. Due to delay after delay, some areas, like Leeds, are only recently finally seeing this rolled out. Even now it is only for ‘simple claims’ so many families still won’t be affected for a long time. Evidence is piling up of ongoing problems and decisions are still being made about how Universal Credit will finally look so we need to keep talking about it.

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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Are we ready for Universal Credit?

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By Ben Chastney |  March 8, 2013 |

Ben ChastneyBen Chastney, Advocacy Worker at Leeds GATE, has some thoughts about the new Universal Credit and other welfare changes

As we are all now hearing, there are going to be some big changes to benefits over the next year or so.  Sadly it is not straightforward situation, with different benefits changing in different ways at different times. To get our heads around this and to increase awareness of the likely impact of such proposed changes for Gypsies and Travellers, Leeds GATE and ITMB have held roundtable discussions, including, amongst many others, the Department of Work and Pensions and Council Benefits Service.

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