Cost to the authority of Universal Credit

Claire Wilde made this Freedom of Information request to South Norfolk District Council as part of a batch sent to 426 authorities

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

The request was partially successful.

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

Right2Know, South Norfolk District Council

Dear Claire

Thank you for your request of information which is being considered. You may be aware that we have to respond to Freedom of Information (FOI) requests within 20 working days and as soon as is reasonably practicable, therefore you will receive a response by 12 April 2019 or earlier.

For your information, the Act defines a number of exemptions, which may prevent release of the information you have requested. There will be an assessment and if any of the exemption categories apply then some or all of the information may not be released. You will be informed if this is the case, including your rights of appeal.

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If you have any queries or concerns then please let me know. If you do contact us again concerning this request, please quote FOI 19-143.

Regards

Tracy Brady
Democratic Services and Governance Officer
t 01508 535321 e [South Norfolk District Council request email]

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Right2Know, South Norfolk District Council

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Dear Claire

 

I refer to your Freedom of Information request to which I am now in a
position to respond. My response is outlined below along with your
questions for ease of reference.

 

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);

 a. 13/14 – Unknown as staff training so incorporated in staff budget
which cannot be separated
 b. 14/15 – Unknown as staff training so incorporated in staff budget
which cannot be separated
 c. 15/16 - Unknown as staff training so incorporated in staff budget
which cannot be separated
 d. 16/17 - £25k (est)
 e. 17/18 - £30k (est)
 f. 18/19 - £35k (est)

 

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

 a. We do not offer crisis loans

 

 

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

Zero however £42k SLA provided to citizens advise to provide general
advise including UC

 

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;

       Estimated £80k in total

 

 

I hope this is of assistance and is sufficient to meet your requirements,
but if, for whatever reason you wish to get back to me, please feel free
to do so. In particular if you are unhappy with the information provided
or how your request was handled please let me know and I will explain how
you can request an internal review of our decision. 

 

Please quote FOI 19-143 in any further correspondence concerning this
request.

 

Regards

 

Emma Goddard
Senior Governance Officer & Deputy Monitoring Officer
t 01508 533943 e [email address]  

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Council or South Norfolk Council business it will be regarded by the
council as personal and will not be authorised by or sent on behalf of the
councils. The sender will have sole responsibility for any legal actions
or disputes that may arise. We have taken steps to ensure that this email
and any attachments are free from known viruses but in keeping with good
computing practice, you should ensure they are virus free. Emails sent
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and South Norfolk Council may be monitored. 

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