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Greater Manchester is radically overhauling the way it delivers public services in what is being billed as a ‘big test for devolution’.
Universal Credit claimants are to be given more time to switch to the new benefit after warnings from campaigners and MPs that payment delays were causing hardship for vulnerable people.
A billion pounds has been promised in an attempt to ease benefits claimants’ transition to Universal Credit.
Local authorities would be able to generate £320bn for the wider economy if they had the powers to build a ‘new generation’ of high-quality council housing.
The next stage in the change to Universal Credit could lead to a big increase in the use of foodbanks, anti-poverty campaigners have warned.
The civil servant in charge of the Universal Credit rollout has admitted support for claimants has not been effective, as responsibility was handed to the charity sector.
One in six top-tier councils are not providing vital welfare services devolved to them just as the sector’s budget cuts hit hard.
Council leaders have welcomed the announcement that supported housing will be funded through housing benefit.
Over two thirds of local authorities surveyed said they had difficulties finding social housing for homeless people last year, new report reveals.
A ‘design flaw’ in Universal Credit is leaving self-employed workers at a financial disadvantage, new research has warned today.