Welfare to Work

Earlier news: Lord Freud announces long-list for Universal Credit

Earlier news:  Lord Freud announces long-list for Universal Credit

Earlier in the summer the Department for Work and Pensions and the Local Government Association named fifteen local authorities in England recommended as potential pilot sites for Universal Credit.

The pilots will focus on delivering the face to face support some people may need to make claims for Universal Credit, including online support, help with budgeting and job searches, reducing fraud and error, and reducing homelessness. From these recommendations, DWP will now make a final selection of those that will go ahead in the Autumn.

The Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Freud said:

“Local authority led pilots will provide a unique opportunity for councils to shape the development of Universal Credit.

“All the recommended local authorities offer very exciting ideas on how they might help people with their claims for Universal Credit and progress into work. We are now working through the long-list with a view to announcing the final dozen or so successful authorities across Great Britain in the Summer.”

The announcement follows close discussion with Lord Freud and the LGA, which resulted in the LGA recommending the 15 local authorities out of 38 proposals. A separate selection process is underway for local authorities in Wales and Scotland.

The 15 authorities in England recommended are:

  • Barnet
  • Bath and North East Somerset
  • Birmingham
  • Hammersmith and Fulham (in consortium with Kensington and Chelsea, Wandsworth and Westminster)
  • Leeds
  • Lewisham
  • Melton
  • Newcastle under Lyme
  • North Dorset
  • Oldham
  • Oxford
  • Rushcliffe
  • A consortium of North Yorkshire authorities led by Scarborough
  • West Lindsey; and
  • Wigan

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