CAB News 11 June 2021
Friday 11 June 2021
Our call for vital changes to Universal Credit has achieved some great coverage.
Universal Credit rules not ”fit for real life” – DWP urged to stop ”irreparable scarring”
Citizens Advice has warned urgent changes are needed to “stop those most impacted by the pandemic being left behind as the economy recovers”.
Clare Moriarty was featured in this morning’s Red Box (££) saying “a few common-sense changes could make a difference.” Clare lists making “sure job-seeking requirements are suitable, particularly for disabled people and those with caring responsibilities.” and “Providing childcare costs upfront and increase the number of people eligible for disability work allowances” as ways to achieve this.
Keep an eye out as Policy Manager Minesh Patel’s interview on the subject with Sky News will be running throughout the day.
Charity warns 2.5 million homes got into debt on broadband bills during pandemic
Our research into the number of people in broadband arrears was picked up in a number of outlets.
Matt Upton was interviewed on LBC news (2 hours 34 minutes 30 seconds in). He explained that 700,000 people have fallen into the red on broadband bills during Covid. He advised that those struggling with their bills should talk to their provider to make sure they’re on the best tariff for their needs.
Helping young people manage their energy bills
BBC Radio Manchester, 08/06/2021, 08:50:58
Rosi Avis from Citizens Advice Manchester chats to BBC Radio Manchester about a new service they’ve launched to help young people who are “finding their feet”. Rosi explains the service provides a workshop for 16-25 year olds to help them with budgeting and explain how they can understand and save on their energy bills.
EU Settled Status
Local Citizens Advice urge EU citizens to apply for settled status by 30 June
Citizens Advice Rochdale and Citizens Advice Oldham are provided support for those needing to applying for settled status.
Steve Hughes said: “We are finding that in some cases, people simply aren’t aware that they need to apply, and that by missing the upcoming deadline they could lose the right to live and work in the UK.
“We encourage those who have not yet applied for settled or pre-settled status to do so as soon as possible, to allow time to complete the application and gather any evidence you may need.”