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Public meeting to be held about Universal Credit

Created on 10/04/2018 @ 15:08
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A political party is to hold a public meeting about the government's Universal Credit scheme in Newtown.

The Montgomeryshire Labour Party said it was concerned about in the press on the effects of Universal Credit as it has been rolled our across the UK, with it coming to Montgomeryshire in October.

"Stories of people losing their homes, families not being paid any benefit for six weeks or more and having to make real decisions about who eats and who does not in their household. We want to get to the facts of what Universal Credit will mean to people in Montgomeryshire and we will be holding an open meeting on the 23 of April in Newtown to learn about Universal Credit and discuss what we need to do locally," said a statement.

Universal Credit, the single monthly payment which replaces the six current working age benefits, will have the rollout of its full service complete in Montgomeryshire this October.

After the rollout process has completed, the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) will then begin moving all remaining existing benefit claimants to the Universal Credit full service starting in 2019. The following benefits will be replaced with Universal Credit.

Jobseekers Allowance Employment Support Allowance
Housing Benefit Child Tax Credit
Working Tax Credit Income Support

The local Labour Party aid it estimates show that around 8,000 or more people in Montgomeryshire will be affected.

"Our meeting is to understand the facts on Universal Credit so that we can plan personally and collectively for October. It is not an advice surgery for each individual, but will tell you what is coming in an honest way, give some sources of advice and point out how individuals will be affected."

The meeting will be held in Treowen Hall, 273 Dinas, Newtown, SY16 1NW at 7:30pm.

"Our speaker is Ian Swan who is the Community co-ordinator for UNITE in Wales and who has a lot of experience with Universal Credit to bring to us. Everyone is welcome."

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