The first stage of Universal Credit has now rolled out across Glasgow for those people making new claims, or whose circumstances have changed recently.
Universal Credit combines six benefits into one for working age people across the UK. In Scotland payment flexibilities were secured where people can be paid twice a month and have the relevant housing costs in the Universal Credit award paid direct to their landlord in some cases.
Stage two will take in current claimants who have not seen a change in circumstances, although the timeline for this has yet to be finalised, according to Cllr Allan Gow, City Treasurer at Glasgow City Council.
Councillor Gow said: “Firstly, I want to thank the organisations we have been working with across the city in the voluntary sector and community level for engaging and making sure around 1700 of our most vulnerable citizens are plugged into the new arrangements. As large as the council is, we simply do not have the reach to do something like this alone.
“Our focus with the £2m financial & digital inclusion fund that we have made available has been to target those individuals likely to experience difficulty in claiming, such as those living with a disability or experiencing homelessness. It’s important to recognise that this funding will not last forever, but it has allowed us to add value to the assistance people receive.”
People wanting advice on how to claim universal credit can call into their local advice hub, accessible here. Advice is available by calling the Universal Support Service on 0808 169 9901. Additional information is available at the Scottish Government website here.