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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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