I’m a General Credit job coach

A UNIVERSAL Credit job coach has explained how nearly two million Britons will see their payments change from today.

And it could mean up to £1,000 a year better off.

Chris has helped thousands of people get back to work as a job center coach


Chris has helped thousands of people get back to work as a job center coach

Chris Buckley, 53, who works for Jobcentre Plus in high street Swansea told The Sun: “For people who claim Universal Credit to earn, their payout could be reduced.”

“Previously the drop was 63p in pounds. Now it’s changed to 55p. Working claimants keep more of their money.”

A change to the way payments are reduced – called the shrink rate – was first announced by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in his Budget in October.

It’s a big win for The Sun’s joint credit campaign implemented.

It also means some people can make more money before shrinkage starts like working allowance will increase by £500 a year.

The change happened last week and anyone who gets it General Credit and at work, their payments will change from today onwards when it reaches the bank account.

The exact date you start getting extra cash will depend on when you get your General Credit payment each month.

Chris, who spent 10 years as a work coach before becoming a manager, says people got the message through their online diaries.

“Someone with a minimum wage working 35 hours a week is likely to be well off more than £1,000,” he said.

“You can look at your previous and subsequent payments this month to see exactly how much extra you’re getting. It’s roughly equivalent to an 8% increase.”

Chris said the message was sent to everyone through their Universal Credit account, but anyone trying to work it out can ask for help.

“As we got better off,” he said, “we’ve got some great coaches working. They can run the calculations. And there are claimants who can do it themselves like EntitledTo benefits checker.

“If things are still unclear, keep a diary and ask for a quick chat.

“One of the gratifying things about being a work coach is getting people back to work, even when people say this is the extent to which you’ll get better.”

Chris, who worked a variety of jobs before becoming a job coach, including as a waiter on the QE2 cruise ship and at Butlins, is also urging anyone with a low income to check it out. see if they can get Universal Credit.

Check out what help you can get

The change to the rules about how much you can earn and keep means thousands more are now eligible for benefits.

“You don’t know what you might get until you actually ask. Everyone’s situation is different.”

“You may be eligible for different premiums, for example for health reasons. If you’re on a low income, check. You won’t lose anything if you apply.

“It would be a shame if they missed out on money that could have helped.”

He also reminded anyone asking for Universal Credit that they can also get extra help if they get stuck.

He said: “There are discount payments for the warm home and councils for an extra £500m.

The cozy home discount gives you £140 in your energy bill this winter if you’re on a low income – but you need Apply through your provider.

Meanwhile, Universal Credit claimants and anyone else struggling with bills can access the new funding through Household Support Fund.

The type of help you can get and the amount available varies depending on where you live – you can Check with your local council and apply directly to them.

You can check more get you in the guide of The Sun.

Change the specified taper rationeed to encourage more people to work and take on more hours or a job with a higher salary.

We’ve talked to in the past a person who is working The mother turned down a higher-paying job because she would lose too much cash before the exchange rate dropped.

Sell ​​yourself

Chris has some top advice for anyone looking for a job: “Don’t sell yourself out,” he says.

“You have more options if you want to change careers. There are a lot of jobs out there that need to be filled. Skills are generally transferable, so think it through.”

“Your CV isn’t one size fits all and small tweaks can make a big difference. Sell yourself to the recruiter.”

Chris also recommends checking social media for jobs as this is where many employers are currently advertising vacancies – but not before reviewing your job.

“Check your social media accounts. Check back once and delete anything that doesn’t reflect you best,” he says.

There is also the government Job Help Website and you should check out any local job fairs as in-person events are starting to resume post-Covid, says Chris.

“Be strong. It’s easy to say but you’ll be knocked down. You won’t get the first job you love. But don’t despair. Maybe it’s not for you.”

“Depending on where you are on your work journey, timing, and other circumstances, there are other programs to help people get to work.

“The best thing claimants can do is talk to their work coach and ask.

“It’s very rare that there isn’t another program that can help people work, whether it’s the government, local government, or other organizations in your area.”

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