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Universal Credit and families with more than 2 children: information for claimants

Information on the two child limit in Universal Credit for existing and new Universal Credit claimants can be found by accessing the link below:

3 million households set to benefit from Universal Credit changes

Three million households across the country to keep more of what they earn due to a £700 million boost to Universal Credit.

From 10 April the new taper rate, the rate at which a Universal Credit payment reduces as someone moves into work, will be lowered from 65p to 63p. The change means that some households could benefit by £425 a year.

Employment & Support Allowance - Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) work-related activity group (WRAG) payment changes

From 3 April 2017 there will be changes to ESA work-related activity payments for all new ESA claimants who are placed in the WRAG. Claimants who apply for ESA before 3 April will not be affected by the changes.

Find out more about ESA changes from 3 April 2017.

The change to ESA WRAG payments is being mirrored by a similar change to the limited capability for work payments in Universal Credit, for claimants with a disability or health condition.

Find out more about Universal Credit: changes to limited capability for work payments.

Employment and Support Allowance: Permitted Work Form

Before any person claiming ESA starts any work, whether paid or unpaid, they should fill in the Permitted Work Form and send it to the Jobcentre Plus office that deals with their benefit.

DWP will then let them know if the work they want to do meets the permitted work conditions.

Bereavement Support Payment

From 6 April, a new Bereavement Support Payment (BSP) will be introduced and replace current Bereavement Benefits including:

  • Bereavement Payment
  • Bereavement Allowance
  • Widowed Parents’ Allowance

You may be able to get Bereavement Support Payment if your husband, wife or civil partner died on or after 6 April 2017.

You could be eligible if your partner either:

  • paid National Insurance contributions for at least 25 weeks
  • died because of an accident at work or a disease caused by work

When they died you must have been:

You can’t claim Bereavement Support Payment if you’re in prison.

Further information and to download a claim form can be found by accessing the link below:

Update on Tax Free Childcare; information about this scheme can be found here


Source By: Create Your Future

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St Joseph's Hospice is launching a 12-week Philosophical Approaches to Improve your Wellbeing Programme

St Joseph’s Hospice is pleased to announce an exciting 12-week programme exploring philosophical approaches that can improve your wellbeing. 


If you experience a life-limiting illness such as cancer, COPD, heart disease, and want to learn healthier ways to improve your wellbeing, then this course will be perfect for you! 


This unique course will explore ways of dealing with emotions such as anger and frustration associated with life struggles and your illness as well as exploring ways to find meaning, happiness and fulfilment in life. 


The course starts on Thursday 7th September 2017 from 11.00am – 1.00pm in the Garden Room, at St Joseph’s Hospice.

The course will run for 12 weeks, every Thursday and lunch will be provided


Please note that the course is for Hackney residents who are living with a life-limiting illness. 


Places are limited so please ensure that you encourage anyone interested to book a place as soon as possible.



Have your say to shape Hackney pharmacy services

Local people can shape the future of pharmacy services across Hackney by taking part in a survey that will help inform the pharmaceutical needs assessment (PNA).

The PNA will look at current and future need for Hackney pharmaceutical services, how many community pharmacies exist and how accessible they are.

Complete the survey here until 1 September 2017.
It will also be available in GP surgeries, pharmacies and libraries.

If anyone needs the survey in another format or language, contact or 020 8356 8131.

CHSAB Safeguarding Log Sheet

Communication and Engagement

Across the VCS safeguarding leads, project leads and frontline staff play an important role in safeguarding adults at risk of abuse and neglect and children and young people. The sector supports adults at risk of abuse and neglect to understand their rights and get the support they need in a range of circumstances. As part of our commitment to safeguard service users it is important to monitor the safeguarding trends in our teams as an organisation.

Key areas; financial abuse, domestic abuse, FGM and substance misuse, transition to adulthood or retirement and support with mental health / wellbeing needs.

Colleagues use this template to keep track of the safeguarding concerns emerging in your work. The information will help you to understand key issues for all tiers of the organisation.  The information will be collected on the first of each month. A summary can be exported and shared with the relevant safeguarding board partners to improve practice and relationships. Kindly return to


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