Welwyn Hatfield Council funds new Universal Credit support role

PUBLISHED: 12:40 12 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:40 12 July 2018

Welwyn Hatfield Council has approved using extra funding to help with Universal Credit

Welwyn Hatfield Council has approved using extra funding to help with Universal Credit

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Welwyn Hatfield Council has agreed to use a central government grant to fund support for Universal Credit claimants.

The £21k cash boost will be given to the borough’s Citizens Advice Bureau and used to run a personal budgeting support service on behalf of the local authority.

It will see a part-time officer employed and based at the Hatfield Job Centre at least one day a week, with a further session either at the Citizens Advice office in Queensway House, Hatfield, or again at the job centre.

Cllr Bell said: “This approach will enable residents to receive personal budgeting support while they are in the job centre discussing their Universal Credit application if they so wish.

“They will not need to be referred separately by the benefit team, making the process much more straightforward.”

Universal Credit was rolled out locally by central government in December amid criticism that pay delays would cripple the area’s most vulnerable people.

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