The Welfare Benefits Unit provides specialist welfare benefits information and advice for those who work with members of the public.
Our publications provide a valuable resource.
We also produce information from time to time that you may find useful. These are available to download from this site.
WBU Benefits for people aged 65 plus leaflet A5, April 18 – a leaflet to give out to your clients
WBU Benefits if you are disabled and working age leaflet A5 April 18 – a leaflet to give out to your clients
CD Toolkit – Challenging Decisions Toolkit to help you support your clients
What triggers a claim for universal credit in a full service area – Newcastle Welfare Rights Service
Universal Credit Focus
The WBU Universal Credit Focus project is funded by City of York Council’s Financial Inclusion Steering Group to provide more in-depth support to those working with claimants in York area. Our series of e-mailings provide a broad range of information and updates on Universal Credit. Some of the details are York specific however most of the content will be of interest to all.
Moving onto Universal Credit checklist Sept 17 – A guide to use with clients
Universal Credit Outline – a simple guide
Universal Credit when and whether to claim – April 18 – a simple guide
Universal Credit Focus Emails
Universal Credit Focus July17 – Points to Note: postcode search, triggers and explicit consent
Universal Credit Focus September 17 – Making a Claim
Universal Credit Focus October 17 – Roll out and specified accommodation
Universal Credit Focus 26 October 17 – More about initial claims and problems around limited capability for work
Universal Credit Focus 16 November 17 – Work related conditionality
Universal Credit Focus 4 December 17 – Budget changes: waiting days, advance payments
Universal Credit Focus 10 January 18 – Temporary accommodation, gateway areas and NHS forms
Universal Credit Focus 6 February 18 – When and whether to claim
Universal Credit Focus 9 – 22 March 18 – Rent increases, temporary housing and claimants’ experience
Universal Credit Focus 12 April 18 – Self employed losses and surplus earnings
Universal Credit Focus 3 May 18 – Fears and Myths
Universal Credit Focus 12 May 18 – Current problem areas
Universal Credit Focus 30 May 18 – Work Capability Assessment process
Universal Credit Focus 13 June 18 – Transitional Protection announcement
Universal Credit Focus 21 June 18 – Raising issues