Employment Minister Esther McVey this week informed local Conservative Party activists on how West Lindsey District Council is involved in a trial to deliver Universal Credit.
From September, the council will work in partnership with job centres and the Department of Work and Pensions to deliver benefits in a trial that involves six other areas of Britain.
The trial will look at the best way to prepare a claimant for the world of work, and help with claiming benefits they may be entitled to, by helping them with online access, digital support, employability skills and managing their finances on a monthly basis.
Local councils are often on the frontline, trying to ensure that economic growth is delivered for the benefit of local residents, said West Lindsey District Councillor, Giles McNeil.
“This trial will bring important benefits to residents in West Lindsey, now. It means we won’t be waiting like other parts of the country to take advantage of new ways of getting people who can work back into employment.”
At the gathering in Stallingborough, near Caistor, Ms McVey spoke of the important role that local councils, like West Lindsey District Council, can play in partnership with Job Centres and the Department of Work & Pensions, to deliver key improvements in getting people into work.
The minister also told those present the Coalition has delivered ‘record’ levels of employment.
“With an employment rate which has never been higher, record women in work and more young people in jobs, the resilience of the country during the downturn is being rewarded. We know there is more to do, and the best way to do so is to go on delivering a plan that’s creating growth and jobs,” she said.
After the lunch, Coun McNeil, who is also association secretary for Gainsborough Conservatives, said the minister’s “warm comments” had pleased councillors and party activists alike.
“Ms McVey was clear about the role that all parts of our society must play in ensuring that work always pays. I was particularly impressed by her willingness to explain how people who are prepared to work are to be rewarded and those who are not prepared to work will no-longer be subsidised by the state,” he said.
For more details on how West Lindsey District Council will deliver Universal Credit, read next week’s Market Rasen Mail.