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    • MSE Andrea
    • By MSE Andrea 13th Sep 17, 9:49 AM
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    Universal Credit: Committee to examine current state of troubled roll-out
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    • 13th Sep 17, 9:49 AM
    Universal Credit: Committee to examine current state of troubled roll-out 13th Sep 17 at 9:49 AM
    Hi all

    This is happening now. Watch on Parliament TV.

    Here's the release on it from Parliament:

    In the first evidence session for the newly reformed Committee, set for Wednesday morning, the Work and Pensions Committee will hear an update on the troubled rollout of Universal Credit. The timetable for the rollout has been much delayed and revised, but the previous committee was more concerned by evidence of the impact of claim processing delays, and the potential for these to be exacerbated by the planned acceleration of the rollout from October 2017.

    The hardship and financial difficulties faced by claimants awaiting UC payments were emphasised to the Committee by local authorities struggling to cope with the knock on effects of increased arrears and claimant debt associated with long waits for UC decisions and payments. More recently, food banks in rollout areas have reported struggling to meet demand since UC was introduced. Committee Chair Frank Field met with the Secretary of State last week to discuss these concerns and will update the new Committee on the current position.

    On Wednesday 13 September 2017 in the Grimond Room in PCH the Committee will hear from:

    At 9.45 am
    Cllr Jane Corbett – Assistant Mayor of Liverpool and Mayoral Lead on Fairness and Tackling Poverty, Liverpool City Council
    Nicky Kingston – Area Manager, Incomes Team, Plymouth Community Homes
    Donna Gallagher – Universal Credit Implementation Manager, Your Homes Newcastle
    Cllr Fiona Colley – Cabinet Member for Finance, Modernisation and Performance, Southwark Council

    From approximately 10.25 am
    Kayley Hignell - Head of Policy (welfare, work and family), Citizens Advice
    Nicola Smith – Advice Services Manager, Citizens Advice Southwark
    Richard Roberts - Manager, Wirral Foodbank
    Jeremy Hewer - Policy Advisor, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
    Natalie Williamson – Senior Policy Officer - Residential Landlords Association

    Questioning will focus on how the roll-out of the Universal Credit full service is progressing, focusing on its implications for claimants, councils and social and private landlords, including:

    • The DWP’s preparedness for the scheduled acceleration of the rollout of full service Universal Credit from October 2017 including progress since April 2017, when the predecessor Committee finished taking evidence on UC, especially in relation to:

    - the accuracy and registration of payments,
    - waits for payments
    - advance payments
    - impact on and communication with local authorities and landlords
    - Alternative Payment Arrangements, and
    - the effect of a single monthly direct payment on rent arrears

    • The proposed flexible arrangements in Scotland

    • The effects of planned Jobcentre closures

    • The effect of UC on claimants day-to-day lives and financial situations; and

    • Whether, based on the above, the accelerated roll-out from October 2017 should go ahead as planned. /ENDS


    Notes:

    Committee Membership is as follows:

    Frank Field (Chair) Labour
    Heidi Allen Conservative
    Alex Burghart Conservative
    Neil Coyle Labour
    Marsha De Cordova Labour
    Ruth George Labour
    Steve McCabe Labour
    Chris Stephens Scottish National Party

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    • Alice Holt
    • By Alice Holt 15th Sep 17, 11:03 AM
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    • 15th Sep 17, 11:03 AM
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    • 15th Sep 17, 11:03 AM
    See also:
    https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/how-citizens-advice-works/media/press-releases/citizens-advice-calls-for-universal-credit-rollout-to-be-paused-as-research-reveals-people-left-facing-financial-difficulty1/

    I would suggest anyone having difficulties with UC contact their MP.
    1) MP's have implicit consent from the DWP to represent constituents and act on their behalf re UC.
    2) All MP's should be made aware of the difficulties with UC, as they voted this legislation in. Organisations such as CAB, CPAG, Macmillan, Gingerbread, etc have highlighted concerns, but MP's tend to respond more to the concerns raised by their constituents.
    • annandale
    • By annandale 15th Sep 17, 12:44 PM
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    • 15th Sep 17, 12:44 PM
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    • 15th Sep 17, 12:44 PM
    My mp had nothing to do with universal credit being introduced. She's only been an mp since 2015..

    The flexible arrangements in Scotland with respect to being paid fortnightly are welcome plus the rent element going direct to landlords. But this seems too little too late to me.

    I'm already on uc and even if the accelerated roll out is stopped or paused it will make no difference to me and many others like me.
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