Universal Basic Services is the idea of a form of social security in which a community receive free access to public services. In this article Rajiv Prabhakar, Senior Lecturer in Personal Finance at the Open University, discusses the Leeds Council cash first pilot and the way provides evidence about the ways cash and services can combine to help those in need access basic services
5.7 million people in the UK were claiming Universal Credit in July 2022. Crisis, the homeless charity, is working with Jobcentre Plus and the government to support those migrating to universal credit who are at risk of homelessness. Saskia Neibig, Senior Policy and Parliamentary Affairs Officer at Crisis discusses working in partnership to tailor support for people receiving Universal Credit who are also at risk of homelessness.
More and more young people are claiming universal credit. To tackle this the Government’s Plan for Jobs is delivering a comprehensive package of support for young people, to help them into work. We heard from Tammy Fevrier, from the Department of Work and Pensions who discuss the current state of youth employment and opportunities to maximize youth employability.