DWP: Touchbase – Mon 9 May

Roundup of recent DWP announcements 

Ten days to claim Pension Credit and qualify for Cost of Living Payment

There are just 10 days to go for people to claim Pension Credit and still qualify for the latest £301 Cost of Living Payment, which they would receive direct into their bank accounts.

Provided a claim is made before 19 May, it can be backdated for up to three months so long as the applicant was also eligible to receive it during that time.

All pensioners on a low income can check their eligibility and get an estimate of what they may receive by using the online Pension Credit calculator.

We have also produced a toolkit containing informative videos, social media assets, posters and leaflets that you can share with your customers and networks to help communicate this message.

Are you recruiting? Jobcentre Plus can help

Jobcentre Plus has a range of services that can help employers recruit, develop and retain quality people, speeding up the recruitment process.

Our Employer Advisers will work with your business, whether small or large to understand your needs and develop a tailored recruitment plan providing you with help throughout the process.

Jobcentre Plus is one of the country’s biggest recruiters and can provide valuable guidance and support, whether that’s recommending suitable candidates or reviewing job adverts.

For more information on how we can help contact our employer services line, who can connect you to a local Employer Adviser, please complete the online enquiry form or call 0800 169 0178. Our lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Please watch and share our video How Jobcentre Plus can help you recruit.

Welsh language version

We have also produced a British Sign Language version in English and Welsh

Move to Universal Credit update

Our expansion plans on Move to Universal Credit were announced by the Minister for Employment in a Written Ministerial Statement on 28 March. Last month we began to increase the number of Migration Notices issued to tax credit claimants and by September 2023 managed migration to Universal Credit activity will be taking place in all regions of Great Britain.

On 3 April, we expanded into Avon, Somerset, and Gloucester and we will be expanding into East London and Cheshire in May. Currently, work is progressing towards expansion of activity into the Greater Manchester and north-east Yorkshire and Humber areas for June.

Health and Safety Executive launches new podcast
  The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has produced a new podcast on how businesses can create an inclusive approach to workplace health.

In November 2022, HSE published new principles and guidance to support disabled workers and workers with long-term health conditions to remain in work and thrive. In HSE’s latest podcast, the simple principles and practical examples are openly discussed by Moya Woolley, Occupational Health Policy Team Leader at HSE and Rebecca Hyrslova, Policy Adviser at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Listen to the podcast here.