Amber Rudd announces changes to Universal Credit, trialing the switch over in a pilot and scrapping the 2 child limit. Citizens Advice say this is encouraging but ask for changes to the 5 week wait.
End Hunger UK are running a campaign to lobby for a fix of Universal Credit so it does as intended- offers a welfare safety net which encourages people to find work. Meanwhile, you can encourage people who receive DWP sanctions to tell their MP the circumstances and seek help with personal debt.
Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) give a critique of DWP response to Trussell Trust findings that in areas where Universal Credit is rolled out Foodbank use has risen 52% (compared to overall 13%).
UN rapporteur says UK poverty is a choice and contrary to British values. The UK is wealthy but a third of children live in poverty. See Report for detail written after a tour of UK November 2018.
Illegal Money Lending Team successfully prosecute Chesterfield man.
Scamwatch in Derbyshire
The campaign is all about supporting partnerships nationally and locally to give consumers the skills and confidence to identify scams, share experiences and take action by reporting suspicious activity.
Scamwatch Derbyshire produce a regular newsletter alerting readers to scams occuring locally see Derbyshire scamwatch for details or see Facebook. You can also find details of Awareness Raising Events occuring across the county early 2019
Find article Vulnerable unless Vigilant is ready for use in your own magazine in Publications section.
Local Credit Unions- which are organisations offering members the opportunity to save and take out affordable loans see Credit Unions
Help with debt and free financial advice
Money Sorted: For support through debt there are D2N2 Money Navigators
The relevant local agencies
such as citizens advice are listed under 'where to go for help'.
In this county help with debt can be accessed at a GP surgery or using a library kiosk point.
Safer Derbyshire guidance see community safety financial abuse page
Archbishop Justin has supported work on this theme including a training resource 'Guiding people to free debt advice'
Go to:Just Finance
A Church of England/Church Urban Fund survey
of church leaders (2017) found that 47% of Church of England parishes thought that debt was a significant or major problem for people in their parish, however only 17% had an organised activities to address these issues.What could your church do? Can you display information to signpost people to help?
Stories from Derbyshire and beyond can be found at Just Finance. The website holds valuable resources many aimed at churches.