The £20 Universal Credit uplift ended at the end of September. Did you know that you could receive additional support and advice around the recent changes to Universal Credit? Find out more here.

Help at the Hub was created to help people deal with the impact of coronavirus on things like jobs, money and wellbeing. Please pop in for an informal chat with one of their money experts over a cuppa and a sandwich at one of their events taking place across the District in November (please see below regarding the times and locations).

It's free to access for residents in the Wakefield District and puts you in touch with a range of organisations who can help you.

Benefits support

If you are on Universal Credit, your payments will reduce by £20 a week from 1 October, making you £80 a month worse off.

You may be entitled to a range of benefits including:

  • If you are disabled
  • If you are a carer
  • If you claim a pension
  • If you are unemployed

If you are on Universal Credit, these other benefits could replace the £20 a week. You may not currently be on benefits, but might be entitled to them. You may have tried to get benefit payments and have been turned down.

Here to help you

Help at the Hub can can give you a free benefits review and help you with money, jobs, housing and health. They can:

  • Assess your current benefits
  • Tell you if you can claim others
  • Help you make the claims
  • Help you appeal decisions

When you come to a hub for a free, impartial check-up, they promise:

  • No judgement, we’re here to help
  • A listening ear
  • Help with all money issues

Contact Cashwise on 01977 724651 or visit the website www.getcashwise.co.uk.

Contact Wakefield Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) free on 0800 144 8848 or visit www.wakefielddistrictcab.co.uk.

Upcoming events

Help at the Hub have a number of roadshows running in November across the District, please pop in for an informal chat over coffee. A number of experts will be available to offer support and advice relating to the end of the £20 universal credit uplift, advising about other benefits that may be available, the energy cap situation or the furlough situation if you have been affected.

  • Monday 8 November: Westfield Centre, 26 Westfield Lane, South Elmsall WF9 2PU 9am to 3pm - 01977 642335
  • Tuesday 9 November: St Swithun’s Community Centre, Eastmoor. 1:30pm to 6:30pm - 01924 361212
  • Wednesday 10 November: Castleford Heritage Centre, Queen’s Mill, WF10 1JL. 1:30pm to 6:30pm - 01977 556741
  • Thursday 11 November: Kinsley & Fitzwilliam Learning & Community Centre, Wakefield Road WF9 5BP. 8:30am to 1:30pm 01977 610931
  • Friday 12 November: St. Mary’s Centre, The Circle, Chequerfield, Pontefract WF8 2AY. 1:30pm to 6:30pm - 01977 705341
  • Monday 15 November: St. George’s Community Centre, Broadway, Lupset WF2 8AA. 1:30pm to 6:30pm - 01924369631
  • Tuesday 16 November: The Addy, Opp. 93 Sycamore Avenue, Knottingley WF11 0PJ. 1:30pm to 6:30pm - 01977 670953
  • Wednesday 17 November: Airedale Library, The Square, Airedale WF10 3JJ. 9:30am to 2:30pm - 01977 724040
  • Thursday 18 November: St. James, Church Lane, Chapelthorpe WF4 3JG. 1:30pm to 6:30pm - 01924 256031
  • Friday 19 November: Havercroft & Ryhill Community Learning Centre, Mulberry Place, Ryhill WF4 2BD. 8:30am to 1:30pm - 01226 727824
  • Monday 22 November: The Chesney Centre, Regent Street, Featherstone WF7 5EW. 8:30am to 1:30pm - 01977 723484

Help at the Hub sites

You can also visit in person at one of the Help at the Hub sites.

There are nine locations around the District – you can contact the one nearest to where you live by calling the telephone number or dropping in during the hours listed here. Please check opening times with your local hub.

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