Top City Officers were recently briefed on the big changes to the way some working age people will receive benefits.
The Government has created Universal Credit as a new type of benefit designed to support people who are on a low income or out of work. Since 8 February 2016, a small number of people have been able to apply for Universal Credit.
It will eventually be available to those who claim benefits and are of working age by December 2017.
The Managing Director of The City of Wolverhampton Council has written to Councillors telling them “Universal Credit will eventually replace: Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit and Housing Benefit.”
Cllr Phil Bateman said “These changes are already causing real concerns in households that currently receive these benefits, the changes to the way they will be designed and in the way that people claim them, will not be without pain for many of our constituents. I am pleased that the Chief Officers team are getting briefed now”.