Universal Credit – accelerated roll out

16 February 2015

The DWP, Treasury and the DCLG have written a joint letter to Chief Executives of English Local Authorities to say that they are to reconsider how local welfare provision should be funded in 2015 – 2016.

Consultation on new Universal Credit data sharing regulations

12 December

A consultation on new Universal Credit data sharing regulations has been launched by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), which you can access here.

 Universal Credit – Local Support Services  Framework  and Learn Activity

Following the success of the Universal Credit LA Face to Face Pilot Programme, DWP have launched a comprehensive Test and Learn Programme. 

 UK Digital Inclusion Charter

The government, Go ON UK and signatories of the UK Digital Inclusion Charter, including the Local Government Association (LGA), will jointly lead a cross-sector partnership aimed at reducing the number of people offline.

 A review of the UC LA-led 2014 pilots (PDF)

The pilot work carried summarised here helped show how local government working with partners can play a key role in supporting local residents who will need assistance as UC is implemented nationally. The LGA would like to take this opportunity to thank all the councils and their staff who took part in the local authority-led pilots throughout. We hope you find this review of the pilots a useful tool for developing your own services. 

Local Authority Led Pilots Preparing for Universal Credit Implementation – Key Questions and Answers for Local Authorities – on the .gov.uk website