DWP Updates

 DWP, covering a few areas of our business. Some of you will be aware of them already but better twice than not at all. Not all of them are in the same place on gov.uk, but feel to bookmark any you wish going forwards.

New Claims https://www.gov.uk/government/news/claimants-are-asked-to-apply-online-as-jobcentres-limit-access?utm_source=0b62277d-0c8b-401d-a8cd-e22745cdbd9f&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate   Those most vulnerable will still be able to access our services in person. We have seen a spike in claims so lines are busier than normal at present.

Advice for those claiming a health related benefit. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-update-benefit-reviews-and-reassessments-suspended?utm_source=f383f421-fe4d-42e5-82fd-dae352eec8b4&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate   

Tax credit increases

As part of a number of measures to support the country during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Working Tax Credits payments will be increased by £1,045 to £3,040 per year from 6 April 2020 until 5 April 2021.

The amount a claimant or household will benefit from will depend on their circumstances, including their level of household income. But the increase could mean up to an extra £20 each week.

If you claim Working Tax Credits, you don’t have to take any action or contact HMRC – the increase in your payments will start from 6 April 2020.

Advice for businesses  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses This page has a range of information.

Jobs We have been contacted by a number of employers who are actively recruiting, and these will be shared by our twitter team on @JCPin Bristol & @JCPinBath, if you hear of any vacancies please send to my colleague Paul to share paul.ellard@dwp.gov.uk

Community SupportWe are also actively sharing details of local support still available to those most in need,  so we can share with those making claims or asking for support.  Please send any services you are aware of through to myself.

If you have any questions going forwards which you cannot find the answer to, please Contact GILLIAN KNIGHT for more details.