April 9, 2020

Benefits Support for Constituents During COVID-19 Outbreak

This is a very difficult time for many people, with many losing their jobs or self-employment income or being furloughed. Many will be going through the Universal Credit system for the very first time. The Universal Credit website and phone lines are incredibly busy and many are struggling to access the support they need due to the unprecedented demand. You …

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August 19, 2019

Are you Eligible? £125 Available Towards School Uniforms/Sports Kit from Welsh Government via Pupil Development Grant

The Welsh Government are offering grants of £125 to buy school uniform, equipment, sports kit and kit for activities outside of school for your child. If your child is eligible for free school meals you can apply for this grant for the 2019/20 school year, if they are: entering reception class or year 3 in primary school entering year 7 or year …

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July 17, 2019

Backing calls for urgent reform of the welfare system

Yesterday, I attended the launch event in Parliament for the report ‘Has welfare became unfair?- the impact of changes on disabled people”. Funded by the Three Guinea’s Trust and commissioned by the Disability Benefit Consortium (DBC), which represent 80 national disability organisations, the research found that changes to the welfare system over the past ten years have left disabled people …

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August 17, 2018

Universal Credit Rollout Update

I visited the Job Centre on Charles Street in the city centre recently. The team showed me round the centre, which has recently been redesigned to create a more relaxed environment. It’s hoped the redesign will also reduce queues and waiting times. Following the rollout of Universal Credit, which has replaced a number of existing benefits, many constituents have been …

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March 6, 2018

Notice: Cold Weather Payments Triggered for Cardiff Central Postcodes

You may be entitled to cold weather payments if you receive benefits and live within either of these postcodes CF10, CF14, CF23, CF24. You may get Cold Weather Payments if you’re getting: Pension Credit Income Support income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance income-related Employment and Support Allowance Universal Credit You don’t need to apply to receive this payment – it will automatically be paid …

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February 7, 2018

Universal Credit – What You Need To Know

Universal Credit is being phased into Cardiff, starting this month. It is a new, single monthly payment to replace the following benefits and tax credits:  Housing Benefit  Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance  Income-related Employment and Support Allowance  Income Support  Child Tax Credits  Working Tax Credits  It will not replace Child Benefit, and it will not replace Contribution-Based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Contribution-Based Employment and Support …

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September 25, 2017

I Call for a Brake on the Universal Credit Rollout

The Universal Credit roll out will happen in Cardiff in February 2018 despite major and widespread concerns about its impact on recipients so far. I have written, with other MPs, to the Conservative Minister asking for the roll out to be paused.   Intended to replace six means tested benefits, Universal Credit has left many people in dire need. They have found their existing …

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