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Welcome! Here you can read about our view on benefits changes with the odd update about our tools and services.

Some tips for Universal Credit claimants entitled to the self-employment income support scheme

May 07, 2020 – Phil Agulnik

For anyone eligible for the new Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) and also claiming Universal Credit the interaction of payment dates could have a big effect on their entitlement to the benefit. Self-employed people can start making claims for the SEISS from next Wednesday but in this blog our Director, Dr Phil Agulnik, asks ‘Should they hold fire’?

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More ways to deliver help to self-employed people during the coronavirus outbreak

March 23, 2020 – Phil Agulnik

Many of Britain’s 5 million self-employed people could be without an income for a long time. The government’s main answer so far has been to increase Universal Credit. Our Director, Dr Phil Agulnik, looks at the alternatives.

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Delivering social security during the coronavirus outbreak

March 19, 2020 – Phil Agulnik

As the effects of coronavirus spread for benefits claimants old and new our Director, Dr Phil Agulnik, explains in this blog why the government need to reopen legacy benefits to help the system cope with demand and to deliver for the self-employed.

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Budget update March 2020

March 12, 2020 – Wendy Alcock

With coronavirus continuing to lead the news this budget was a perfect opportunity for the Chancellor to deal with the raising number of queries about how it will affect those not able to work if they need to self-isolate. Read our summary of both the coronavirus and other benefit-based changes announced in this year's budget.

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How is the Move to Universal Credit ‘Who Knows Me’ pilot progressing?

March 09, 2020 – Wendy Alcock

At a DWP Universal Credit Stakeholder Update event we recently received an update on the progress of the managed migration Move to Universal Credit ‘Who Knows Me’ pilot. In this blog our Communications Manager, Wendy Alcock, provides a summary of topics covered in the meeting.

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