Universal Credit

The introduction of Universal Credit (UC) for new claimants in Broxtowe is going well but only because of the work we have done to prepare for it. I want to thank Conservative run Broxtowe Borough Council, the Citizens Advice Bureau and Job Centre Plus for their combined efforts, in no small part due to the meeting I convened earlier this year.

Broxtowe’s Citizen’s Advice has launched a service to support first time Universal Credit claimants. UC was introduced in Broxtowe at the end of last year for new claimants. Please contact Beeston CAB on 0115 917 3802 or Eastwood CAB on 01773 768 363 or my office on 0115 943 6507 if you need help with your claim.

However, I remain concerned about the actual workings of UC – so I will step up my campaigning work in Parliament to make sure the necessary changes are made. Locally, we have always had excellent voluntary and non – voluntary systems of support for people who fall on hard times or face unusually difficult circumstances. But there are “gaps” notably in Kimberley and filling that gap will be a priority in 2019.

Five Week Wait

If you are claiming Universal Credit that implies you are in immediate need, so I do not believe you should have to wait five weeks to receive payment.