Equality News Update: The Herald: Homeless given help to access Universal Credit online

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IT is a high-tech solution to an age-old problem, yet a simple way to help those who cannot help themselves.

In two months, the new Universal Credit will roll-out across Scotland‘s largest city, sweeping away a host of old benefits and amalgamating them into one.

But to access the new payment, recipients have to be able to go online and have a bank account where the money will be deposited, and this could mean those who need it most are frozen out of the system.

People begging in the street who may be without access to the online world, along with the homeless and those living ‘chaotic lifestyles’ where bank accounts are a luxury, face an uphill struggle and could be left without anyway to access cash they desperately rely on.

Now Glasgow‘s local authority has decided that if the most vulnerable can’t go online, then it will bring the internet to them.

A new a digital inclusion officer is to be employed to walk the streets with a tablet computer helping beggars and rough sleepers navigate the online world and claim the benefits they are entitled to.

 

Read more at: http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16609391.homeless-given-help-to-access-universal-credit-online/

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