Hiba Mahamadi 26 October 2017

Pause the rollout of Universal Credit argues Welsh councils

Pause the rollout of Universal Credit argues Welsh councils image

The rollout of Universal Credit must be paused, the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) has urged.

Writing to the work and pensions secretary David Gauke, the WLGA’s spokesperson for housing said that the delays in the payment of UC need to be addressed on an ‘urgent’ basis before the rollout is accelerated.

Cllr Aaron Shotton said: ‘These timescales claimants have to wait before first payment is received is of major concern and we believe that such delays should be rectified as a matter of urgency before broader roll out so that we minimise the negative impacts on claimants who will be affected by this and reduced the number of people left with no income to live.’

He added that the rollout should be paused so that the programme can be improved after Welsh cabinet members for housing discussed the increasing number of families at risk of homelessness due to the change in the benefit system.

He added that some claimants have had to wait up to 12 weeks to receive their payment.

Declaring a climate change emergency image

Declaring a climate change emergency

Local authorities can play a key role in tackling climate change – and there is plenty for them to do. Never before has thinking globally and acting locally been more important, says Mark Whitehead.
Open letter to Boris Johnson image

Open letter to Boris Johnson

The MJ's editor Heather Jameson asks the new PM a simple question: do you want to fund local government or do you want to scale back services to the basics?
Highways jobs

Deputyship Caseworker

Essex County Council
£20200 - £22220 per annum + benefits
We are pleased to be able to offer an exciting opportunity in our deputyship team, a team that provides a service to protect and support the wellbeing England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Senior Practitioner - Family Support & Protection

Essex County Council
£38000.0 - £46000.0 per annum
Senior Practitioner - North Essex Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population England, Essex, Clacton-On-Sea
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Project Engineer (Permanent)

Havant Borough Council
£37,100
We’re looking for an experienced and enthusiastic engineer to join our well-regarded design and implementation team. Havant, Hampshire
Recuriter: Havant Borough Council

Project Engineer (Fixed Term)

Havant Borough Council
£37,100
We’re looking for an experienced and enthusiastic engineer to join our well-regarded design and implementation team. Havant, Hampshire
Recuriter: Havant Borough Council

Housing Strategy & Partnerships Manager

Redbridge London Borough Council
£48,492-£51,450
The Housing Needs Service is undergoing a radical transformation to achieve successful outcomes for our residents. Redbridge, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Redbridge London Borough Council

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

The June issue of Local Government News contains the full details of all the winning schemes in the 2019 Street Design Awards. From Children's Play to Pedestrian Environment, find out who has been recognised for their innovation and use of best practice.

This issue also explores how local government pension funds can hedge currency risk, how councils can best address the shortfall in school places, and an update on the number of authorities banning the use of Roundup over safety fears.

Register for your free magazine