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Quids in! publishes Guide to Universal Credit to support new claimants triggered by coronavirus lockdown
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COVID-19: EMERGENCY UNIVERSAL CREDIT GUIDE PUBLISHED

Quids in! publishes Guide to Universal Credit to support new claimants triggered by coronavirus lockdown

Quids in! has this week published an emergency, digital edition of the Guide to Universal Credit for new claimants affected by the coronavirus lockdown. The publication is available to landlords, authorities and support agencies to distribute in bulk, as well as for individuals via the Quids in! online store.

A million low-paid earners and self-employed people were forced to claim welfare in just two weeks in March. Quids in!, which has already published 10 editions of its Universal Credit Guide, has redesigned the publication to reflect the particular challenges faced by people who are usually in employment. Content has been adapted for people who might never have expected to be forced onto welfare, drawing on its experience catering for people more used to living on the breadline. A lot of what the first UC claimants learned the hard way is included.

Quids in! editor, Jeff Mitchell said: “The government tells us coronavirus is a ‘great leveller’. Well, it has certainly levelled over a million people forced onto benefits as their work dried up when the country locked down. That throw away statistic that many of us are just one pay cheque away from disaster suddenly rings true.”

The publication is the latest response to the financial fall-out caused by coronavirus from Quids in! and its parent organisation Clean Slate Training & Employment CIC. In March, it launched a ‘Corona-Finance’ service with a Frequently Asked Questions section on its website offering clarity and reassurance about support available to people struck down financially. A web link is available for readers to submit questions they have about their own situation. The money email service, run by the Quids In Readers Club, has been upgraded to keep subscribers up-to-date on the latest help on offer during this crisis.

Jeff Mitchell added: “This won’t be over when the lockdown ends. We may all find we need to continue to tighten our belts. There is no silver bullet for dodging debt but there are some golden rules. Quids in! is all about ways to help us all spend less, save more, borrow less and bring in more money.”

Over 300,000 copies of the Quids in! Guide to Universal Credit have already been sold as a 32-page magazine. It focuses on the ‘3 Bs’, drawing on pitfalls experienced by early claimants with the new system, such as not having an appropriate bank account, not being online or not being able to budget for a large, single payment made in arrears. The Corona-Finance edition of the Guide focuses around living on less and accessing help that people who are new to the welfare system may be unaware of.

The new version is available in PDF to send to tenants, residents and service users affected financially by the coronavirus lockdown. An online publishing platform version has been prepared for publication on customers’ websites.

For further information, contact Lisa Woodman at lisa@cleanslateltd.co.uk or on 08456 460 469.

To see the Corona-Finance edition of the Universal Credit Guide, click here.

Click for a copy of the Guide

Local Support On Hand

Our team in Gloucestershire are available for support with money matters. From applying for Universal Credit to guidance on making ends meet during during lockdown, our peer workers are offering support with financial issues affecting people on low incomes.
• Register for support and a call back here
• Phone 01453 796050
• Email glos@cleanslateltd.co.uk
• Online quidsinmagazine.com/coronafinance
Our Corona-Finance web resource features rolling FAQs on financial matters, regularly updated with the latest information. Visitors can also submit their question which we will respond to via email or phone.

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