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Perennial prepares for busy winter as UC bites

Perennial is preparing for a busy winter ahead as the roll-out of the government’s flagship benefits programme, Universal Credit, continues to cause confusion and frustration among those it will affect. An estimated 600,000 self-employed people will be worse off under Universal Credit and so the services team has increased its focus on support, training and preparation to help self-employed horticulturists, as well as single people and families, navigate the new system.

Julia Hayne, Director of Services at Perennial, says: “The government is coming under increasing pressure from cross-party groups and charitable organisations, working with those who will be most affected, to delay its roll-out of Universal Credit. We are already seeing its effects. More people need help with the significant increase in administration that the new system demands and we have been providing transitional support. We are now gearing up for 2019 when 2.8 million households are likely to be affected by the full roll-out, many of them working single parents or home owners on tax credits.”

“Over the coming weeks and months we will be focusing on training and preparation for reacting to Universal Credit queries and issues as well as investing time in capacity building and preventative work. We have worked with existing clients to prepare for what might happen to their financial situation under Universal Credit, and we have launched our online budgeting tool to enable people to make informed decisions and plan for their future.”

Source: Perennial