£10m fund to help vulnerable people claim Universal Credit – but doesn’t it exclude those who need it most?

Therese Coffey: Her new scheme seems designed not to help the people who need it the most.

Disabled people, care leaves and people with mental illnesses will soon be able to get help from a £10 million fund to help them with Universal Credit claims.

But there is a condition – it seems they can only take advantage of the funding as a route into work.

So it seems people with more serious conditions will be excluded from the new fund.

As announced by Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey, the Universal Credit Transition Fund will bankroll outreach programmes to help vulnerable people claim the widely-discredited so-called benefit.

It will be available to organisations, including charities that are willing to work with the DWP, that will “support innovative ideas for engaging with vulnerable people early, helping them to make timely claims to the new benefit”.

But only, it seems, if the claimant’s disabilities or mental health condition can accommodate employment.

It’s not for everybody and, unless I’m mistaken, it excludes those who need help the most.

And we’re supposed to applaud?

Source: DWP announce £10million fund to help vulnerable people claim Universal Credit

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  1. wildswimmerpete November 2, 2019 at 9:19 am - Reply

    What is it with Tories with this obsession with work? There’s that moron Owen Patterson who would make pensioners pick fruit in the fields in return for their pensions – pensions already paid for via a lifetime of NI contributions. Looking at the average Tory it’s obvious that even the prospect of anything resembling hard work would induce apoplexy or even a coronary. Working until they drop is for the plebs.

  2. trev November 2, 2019 at 10:33 am - Reply

    The Tories are completely obsessed with work, and with forcing people to work to make profits for them and their mates. In Ireland unemployed people receive the equivalent of £165 per week, and upon reaching the age of 63 are then exempt from doing any jobsearch or from participating in training or back-to-work courses, and only have to sign on once per year. Here by comparison, I know a 65 year old unemployed man who has been referred to the Right Steps To Work course, sat in a classroom writing CVs etc. Ridiculous. If you are say over 55, and you’re doing a bit of voluntary work, why can’t they leave you be?

  3. John Paul Evans November 7, 2019 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    Same tories that made kids go down coal mines…..nothing has changed

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