Caerphilly Council chosen for Universal Credit benefit reform pilot
Caerphilly County Borough Council has been selected to pilot UK Government reforms of the welfare system.
Universal Credit combines tax credits and benefits in one programme and is intended to make the benefits system less complex.
Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform, has announced that 12 pilot schemes will run across the UK from autumn 2012 and will explore how councils can support residents under the new system.
He said: “We know some people will need support when they first claim universal credit and these projects will highlight how councils can use their local expertise to help residents.
“Helping people to claim online can combat social exclusion; getting online can improve people’s jobseeking skills and help people get ready for the modern workplace, as well as giving them the ability to shop, bank or use many internet services for the first time.”
Cllr Keith Reynolds, deputy leader of council and cabinet member for corporate services, said: “We want to ensure that local people are aware of these forthcoming changes that are being introduced by central government and are able to access the help and support they need in order to understand how Universal Credit will work.
“Our staff are well placed to use their expertise to guide residents and help them understand the implications of the new arrangements. We will work with our partner agencies and the DWP to make the transition as smooth as possible, to make sure local people are capable of claiming the benefits they are entitled to.”Follow @CaerphillyObsvr