Cost to the authority of Universal Credit

Antrim and Newtownabbey District Council Nid oedd gan y wybodaeth y gofynnwyd amdani.

To whom it may concern,

Please can I request under the Freedom of Information Act:

a) Any estimate of the total monetary cost to your authority of the introduction of Universal Credit since its inception in 2013 (ideally broken down by municipal year and including 2018/19 to date);

b) The total monetary value of any crisis loans funded by yourselves and given to Universal Credit claimants since January 1 2013;

c) The total funding given by yourselves to third-sector organisations for the purpose of supporting Universal Credit claimants since January 1 2013;

d) The cost to yourselves of offering support or advice to Universal Credit claimants who are in financial difficulty or struggling with the process of claiming Universal Credit since January 1 2013;

If the following request cannot be met within cost limits, please provide advice on how I may refine my request.

Yours faithfully,

Claire Wilde

FOI Requests, Antrim and Newtownabbey District Council

2 Atodiad

Dear  Ms Wilde


Thank you for your Freedom of Information request regarding Universal


Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council does not hold any of the
information you have requested as this does not fall under the Council’s
remit – Councils in Northern Ireland do not have the same roles and
responsibilities as those in GB.  You may wish to direct your enquiry to
the Department for Communities.  They are responsible for urban
regeneration, community and voluntary sector development, historic
environment, social legislation, housing, social security benefits,
pensions and child support, debt advice, public records, Employment
Service, promoting equality, and development of arts and culture.  Their
contact details are as follows:


The Departmental Information Manager
Department for Communities
Ground Floor
Lighthouse Building
1 Cromac Place
Gasworks Business Park
Ormeau Road
Belfast BT7 2JB


Email: [1][email address]


If you are dissatisfied with the way in which we have handled your request
for information you may request an internal review by contacting:


Liz Johnston

Head of Governance

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council

Antrim Civic Centre

50 Stiles Way

BT41 2UB 


If after the internal review is completed you remain dissatisfied you may
appeal to the Information Commissioner by contacting:


Information Commissioners Office

3rd Floor

14 Cromac Place




If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Kind regards,


Helen Leung

Information Governance Assistant



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