Cost to the authority of Universal Credit

Claire Wilde made this Freedom of Information request to Hertsmere Borough Council as part of a batch sent to 426 authorities

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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, Hertsmere Borough Council

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foi, Hertsmere Borough Council

Dear Claire Wilde

 

I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information request received
15/03/2019

Your request has now been considered under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act and/or Environmental Information Regulations and we are
able to respond as follows:

 

Your Request:

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.

 

Our Response:

a)      We do not hold information regarding the cost of UC.

b)      Crisis loans were replaced in 2013 by Local Welfare Payments – but
these are the responsibility of Herts County Council

c)       We provide the CAB with an overall grant but it is not broken
down to provide a figure specifically for UC

d)      We have not recorded the cost of providing advice to UC claimants.

 

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do not hesitate to contact me.  Further information explaining the
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The Information Commissioner oversees the application of the Freedom of
Information Act.  You may contact the Information Commissioner at:

 

Information Commissioners Office

Wycliffe House, Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire    SK9 5AF

Telephone: 01625 545700

Website:  www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk

 

Please include the above reference number on all correspondence related to
this request.

 

Thank you for your request.

 

Kind regards

Information Services

 

Information Services

Hertsmere Borough Council | Civic Offices | Elstree Way | Borehamwood |
Herts | WD6 1WA

t: 020 8207 2277

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