Cost to the authority of Universal Credit

Claire Wilde made this Freedom of Information request to Lancaster City 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

info, Lancaster City Council

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Dear Ms Wilde,

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info, Lancaster City Council

Dear Ms Wilde,

Freedom of Information Request - Ref: FOI 2449

Thank you for your request received on 15th March 2019 in which you asked
for the following information from Lancaster City Council:

 

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;

Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA).

 

Response

 

 a. Unfortunately we have no way of quantifying any costs associated with
Universal Credit as it is predominantly administrated by the
Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). There has been no cost other
than officer time which has not specifically been costed out.
 b. We do not administer crisis loans
 c. N/A
 d. See a) above.

 

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