Universal Credit Transition Fund – Applications Now Open

Deadline 31 March 2020

Last November, the Government announced a £10 million Universal Credit Transition Fund.

Details of the bidding criteria and the application process have been announced today and can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/local-partnership-opportunities-with-jobcentre-plus

There is a lot of information and guidance on these pages, along with the application form.

The criteria are particularly focused on support for certain groups. These groups are:

  • People who are homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless, to address underlying cause(s) of homelessness
  • Care Leavers
  • Refugees
  • Those with drug and alcohol dependency issues
  • Prison Leavers
  • Other vulnerable groups (see the guidance notes)

The purpose of the fund is to seek to get funding to smaller, grass-roots organisations who can help to support these groups locally (although groups wishing to undertake national projects of benefit can also bid too). The main criteria will be to support individuals to move closer to, or into work.

The initial timescale for bidding is very short and will close on 31 March – and as such the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are trying to keep the process as simple as possible. They are also encouraging organisations who wish to bid to make contact with their Partnership Manager at their local Jobcentre Plus who can help. If you or your partner organisations don’t know who your local partnership manager is, and can’t see that information online at the link above, please get in touch via uc.transitionfund@dwp.gsi.gov.uk and the DWP will be happy to put you in touch.

This is potentially a good opportunity for AdviceUK members, especially those who were disappointed at the way in which the Help to Claim funding was awarded to Citizens Advice back in 2018.

If you would like further information or support about the Transition Fund, please email influencing@adviceuk.org.uk. It would also be really helpful if you could let us know if you are thinking of submitting an application or have already done so.