Friday 26 October 2018
Our report on disabled people being up to £300 worse off under Universal Credit got widespread national coverage this morning.
There are two template press releases available on Cablink (here and here) for you to send to your local media contacts: if you have UC and if you don’t. This includes breakdowns of the number of clients you help who are disabled or have a long-term health condition.
Universal Credit Could Strip Disabled People Of £300 A Month, Says New Report
Huffington Post, 26/10/2018
Our report on the detrimental effect Universal Credit will have on disabled people was carried by Huffington Post
They interviewed a case study we provided who found he was missing out on £97.85 per week when he was moved to Universal Credit.
Sam said “it gets to the point that I pay my bills and I have £100 left to live on for the whole month..It gets me down that I can’t see my friends as much as I’d like”.
CREDIT CHAOS: Disabled people will be ‘£300 a month worse off’ under Universal Credit
The Sun, 26/10/2018
The Sun also reported on the flaws in the system which mean some disabled people will suffer financially.
Citizens Advice Chief Executive Gillian Guy said “Some disabled people will be unfairly disadvantaged under Universal Credit. The government needs to address this and increase the financial support disabled people can receive under Universal Credit.”
Our report was also covered by:
Kayley Hignell interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live
Wake up to Money, 26/10/2018 (34m 50s in)
Kayley Hignell, our Head of Policy for Families, Welfare and Work, was interviewed on 5 Live’s Wake up to Money programme about an MP report into Universal Credit – which said the DWP had a “culture of indifference” about the benefit.
Kayley said: “For the people we’ve been looking at recently – people who have disabilities – we are finding that those who are working aren’t able to access the support that’s available in the Universal Credit system to make sure that is the case – that they are better off when working.”
53 councils have not prosecuted a single landlord in three years
The Guardian, 25/10/2018, p10, Tom Wall
A joint investigation by The Guardian and ITV found more than one in seven councils in England and Wales have failed to prosecute a single bad landlord over the past three years.
Jill Harrison, the chief executive of Enfield Citizens Advice, said rogue landlords had little to fear in Enfield because the council does not have the resources to deal with the complaints.
She said “there is a serious problem with disrepair in the borough. But there is very little disincentive for rogue landlords behaving in this way.”
I wanted to kill myself over £50k debts but here’s how I paid it off every penny in six years
The Sun online, 24/10/2018
The Sun reports on a charity worker who considered suicide over £50,000 worth of debt, but then managed to pay back every cent in six years.
With support from debt advisers at Citizens Advice and a mental health charity, Emma Malcolm, from Hampshire, turned her finances around.
Ms Malcolm, spoke of the advice Citizens Advice gave her, and said “they helped me sort out what payments were a priority and how I could make some extra cash”.
In other news
New railcard for millennials – people aged between 26-30 – will be able to get the special railcard by the end of the year.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has warned UK’s most vulnerable risk being trapped in disadvantage.
The law fails to stop rogue landlords.