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CITIZENS ADVICE - Household claims for Universal Credit in Scotland have increased from an average of 20,000 per month in 2019 to over 110,000 between 1 March and 7 April, highlighting the impact the pandemic is having on people’s finances. That is w...

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa will increase welfare provision to help poor households suffering because of a nationwide lockdown aimed at containing the country’s coronavirus outbreak, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday. In a weekly new...

UNIVERSAL CREDIT - A lot of people claiming Universal Credit get caught out the way the system works.   Your first assessment period will start on the date that you make your claim. The assessment period will last one ca...

HELP FOR CLAIMANTS - Every Mind Matters campaign update. Public Health England have launched a new phase of their Every Mind Matters campaign, to encourage more people to take steps to improve their mental wellbeing while at home. You can access...

USA - Another 5.2 million workers filed for unemployment benefits last week, raising the total in a month of coronavirus shutdowns to more than 20 million. “It might take until mid-May or longer before we see claims declining” to much lower leve...

USA - The Social Security Administration announced today that Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients will receive automatic Economic Impact Payments directly from the Treasury Department. Treasury anticipates these automatic payments no l...

MEDIA - A Freelance journalist is looking to speak to the following: Hello, I'm a freelance journalist and I'm researching a potential feature on young people who are homeless and accessing services, and are struggling with isolation during the pande...

MARRIAGE - According to figures published by the ONS, getting married is in decline. With the average wedding costing 35K you can understand it. Marriage was generally something for high-status males in the past and of course the security of being ma...

UNIVERSAL CREDIT -The number of people claiming Universal Credit as a result of the coronavirus crisis has hit 1.4 million,  Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey said.The figure is an increase of 200,000 on the total Ms Coffey gave last we...

HOUSING BENEFIT - Tenants in the UK will receive an increase in Housing Benefit payments from April 1st. The maximum amount of Housing Benefit payable is: 100% of your eligible rent (after any ineligible service charges) If you are not work...

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