Univer­sal credit warn­ing: com­puter skills will be vi­tal

Take ad­van­tage of free dig­i­tal lessons, urges Dar­ran

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Ex­press Reporter

Ren­frew­shire res­i­dents are be­ing urged to learn ba­sic dig­i­tal skills ahead of Univer­sal Credit com­ing into ef­fect next week.

From Wed­nes­day, Univer­sal Credit will re­place six ben­e­fits and tax cred­its with a single monthly pay­ment, but claims can only be made on­line us­ing a smart­phone, tablet, lap­top or com­puter.

The ben­e­fits and tax cred­its mov­ing onto Univer­sal Credit are: Hous­ing Ben­e­fit, In­come Sup­port, Job­seeker’s Al­lowance, Em­ploy­ment and Sup­port Al­lowance, Child Tax Credit and Work­ing Tax Credit.

Any­one who claims Univer­sal Credit will also need to go on­line reg­u­larly to see tasks set by their work coach and update their jour­nal to en­sure their claim con­tin­ues to be paid.

Those who claim any of the six ben­e­fits or tax cred­its won’t need to ap­ply for Univer­sal Credit un­til the Depart­ment of Work and Pen­sions (DWP) ask them to – un­less they have a change in cir­cum­stances.

New claims made af­ter next Wed­nes­day will have to be made for Univer­sal Credit and should be made as soon as pos­si­ble as the ben­e­fit is cal­cu­lated from the date the claim was sub­mit­ted and can­not be back­dated to an ear­lier date.

Dar­ran Gil­lan, youth and pro­gramme development man­ager at Pais­ley YMCA, says more people need to learn ba­sic dig­i­tal skills to help them ac­cess on­line only plat­forms such as UC.

He ex­plained: “Never be­fore has it been more im­por­tant to have ba­sic

Mak­ing a claim UC is ad­min­is­tered by the Depart­ment for Work and Pen­sions

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