Cost to the authority of Universal Credit

Claire Wilde made this Freedom of Information request to Bolsover District 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

Alison Sipson, Bolsover District Council

Please Ask For:  Alison Sipson
Direct Line:  01246 242383
E-mail:  [1][Bolsover District Council request email]
Date: 19th March 2019
 
Claire Wilde
[FOI #561146 email]
 
 
Dear Claire
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST
 
Your reference number – F/635/1819
 
Thank you for your email of 18th March 2019 requesting information about
the cost to the authority of Universal Credit.
 
Your request is being considered under the Freedom of Information Act
2000. We aim to answer your request within 20 working days from the date
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Yours sincerely
 
Kath Drury
Information, Engagement and Performance Manager
Performance - People Directorate
Bolsover District Council/North East Derbyshire District Council
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Alison Sipson, Bolsover District Council

Please Ask For:  Alison Sipson
Direct Line:  01246 242383
E-mail:   [Bolsover District Council request email]
Date: 26th March 2019
 
Claire Wilde
[FOI #561146 email]
 
 
 
 
Dear Claire
 
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST
 
Reference F/635/1819
 
Your request for information has been considered and, to the best of our
knowledge, the information we hold which relates to your request is as
follows:
 
Cost to the Authority of Universal Credit
 
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);
 
No information held for all years specified.
 
b) The total monetary value of any crisis loans funded by yourselves and
given to Universal Credit claimants since January 1 2013;
 
No information held for all years specified as this is not a function
administered by Bolsover District Council.
 
c) The total funding given by yourselves to third-sector organisations for
the purpose of supporting Universal Credit claimants since January 1 2013;
 
Figures held in financial years only:
2013/14 - £19,000
2014/15 - £19,000
2015/16 - £19,000
2016/17 - £19,000
2017/18 - £19,000
2018/19 - £19,000
 
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;
 
No information held for all years specified.
 
I hope that you are satisfied with our response. However, if you are
dissatisfied in any way with the handling of your information request your
next step would be to clearly state in writing why you are dissatisfied
and the Council will treat this as a formal complaint in accordance with
our Compliments, Comments and Complaints policy. The policy together with
information on how to make a complaint is available on the Council’s
website [1]www.bolsover.gov.uk or by emailing CCCAdmin[2]@bolsover.gov.uk.
 
 
I also have a duty to make you aware of the Information Commissioner's
Office, which is an independent body who monitors the Data Protection Act,
the Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations,
and make sure organisations fulfil their legal obligations under the
Acts.  They can be contacted at:
 
Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF 
Telephone:   0303 123 1113
[3]www.ico.org.uk
 
Yours sincerely
 
Wayne Gorman
Information and Policy Officer
Bolsover District Council/North East Derbyshire District Council
Performance - People Directorate
NEDDC Ext 7688 BDC Ext 7688
 
 
 
 
 

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Hello,
Thank you for your response.
Can I please clarify the figures given in answer to question c: can I check this money was paid for directly by your authority (rather than, say, the Department for Work and Pensions meeting the cost)?

Many thanks in advance
Claire Wilde