Discretionary Assistance Fund for Wales
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UNIVERSAL CREDIT RESPONSE
The Partner Network has undertaken work to understand the barriers to access the Fund faced by clients who are applying for Universal Credit. The Fund is keen to be responsive to these issues as the roll out continues. The Fund will work closely with partners to overcome any identified barriers, especially for vulnerable clients during these waiting periods.
Thank you to all the partner organisations who have been communicating and working with the partnership manager to provide case studies and examples to highlight the challenges faced by clients, and thank you to Citizens Advice Cymru for inviting the partnership manager to represent the Fund at the recent roundtable event on Universal Support.
Response from the Fund – March 2018
The Fund has made some immediate changes to help reduce the delay in access to the Fund in the following areas:
- Legacy benefit to Universal credit (partner confirmations)
- NEW “In Principle” awards – new email communication to partners
- Emergency Assistance Payments – person subject to DWP Sanctions now eligible to apply.
The introduction of partner confirmation of transferal from Legacy benefits-Universal Credit has been implemented on Monday 5th March 2018.
Persons subject to DWP sanction, will be able to apply for an Emergency Assistance Payment from Tuesday 6th March 2018.
The introduction of the new “In Principle” awards and email communications to partners will be implemented from Monday 12th March 2017.
Further work to understand the impact of Universal Credit on the ability of those most in need to access the Fund, is currently being undertaken. If you have any comments or case studies, please contact Helen Richards, Partnership Manager by email – firstname.lastname@example.org