Madeleine Moon, Labour MP for Bridgend, has thrown her support behind a digital project to support disabled people to develop internet skills to prepare them for benefit changes.
The Government’s new Universal Credit system, designed to replace the current system of working-age benefits and Tax Credits, is soon due to come into force. The moving of existing claimants on to Universal Credit will be done over the next few years.
This will have a major impact for disabled people, as everybody will now be expected to claim via the internet. As it stands, not everybody is able to access the internet, and many more do not currently have the suitable skills to submit their claims online.
Disability Wales has announced that it will be running a Digital Lives project to support disabled people to develop internet skills and to get them prepared for Universal Credit. They will be holding a workshop at the Best Western Heronston Hotel on Ewenny Road in Bridgend on Thursday 5th December, from 10.00am to 3.30pm.
Places are limited, so to ensure attendance, anybody interested should email Tina.Evans@disabilitywales.org as soon as possible. It is very important that this information is passed around as widely as possible, so that anybody who is affected can find out and attend. Digital Lives have produced a flyer with more information, which is attached.
Mrs Moon said, “I am very happy to support this initiative from Disability Wales and Digital Lives. Disabled people are among those being hit hardest by this government’s changes to benefits, and it is so important that they have the skills to claim what they are entitled to in the future. I would encourage anybody who will be affected by these changes to register for this course, and make sure they have the skills to claim when the time comes.”
For more information contact:
Madeleine Moon MP
Member of Parliament for Bridgend
House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA
Sam Mannion: (0207 219 0814) firstname.lastname@example.org