Temporary suspension of applications for the Universal Credit Transition Fund

Below is an update from the Department of Work and Pensions regarding applications for the Universal Credit Transition Fund – 31st March 2020.

It is with deep regret that owing to the challenging circumstances presented by the coronavirus outbreak we have come to the decision to temporarily suspend the Transition Fund application process.

You will have doubtless seen the news reports outlining the exceptional demand on DWP services at this unprecedented time. Our priority is ensuring people get their benefit payments and protecting vulnerable people who need our support most. We are taking urgent action to boost capacity, including moving 10,000 existing staff to work on new claims with 1,000 already in place, and will recruit a further 1,500 staff to aid the effort. 

Similarly, we have had feedback from many of you that your organisations are not in a position to proceed with an application or mobilise a new project at this time, and like us you’re focussed on the need to keep your colleagues and those you support, safe.

I understand this will be disappointing for you but we will record your interest and return to you if we are in a position to reopen the application process later in the year. If you have already submitted your application, we will hold this on record, provided you are content for us to do so, in the event we are able to progress with the process later in the year. There will be an opportunity for organisations which have already submitted applications to update and amend their bids where necessary. 

Food bank to open at Lea village hall

A food bank is to open at the village hall starting Tuesday 31st March from 10- noon. This service is for families on low income who would have accessed the Ross Food bank,  those who would have received free school meals, and also older/  vulnerable residents too.

We are asking that older people contact Susie Williams (07747 847371 / 01989 750873) or Sylvie Nicholls (07817 473813) to ask for a delivery which will brought to their door by arrangement.

We will operate as long as supplies last, and welcome offers of stock which must be non perishable. If you wish to donate stock, in the first instance please contact us, but do not attempt to deliver when the food bank is open as we want to keep the isolation rule relevant.

Helping to make ends meet

We understand that this is likely to be a financially challenging time for many and so we’re taking steps to help.

A new Lea Food Bank is being set up which will be run from the Village Hall. It will be run along the lines of existing food banks but focussing on helping those in our own village. Please keep an eye on the website and noticeboards for more information or call one of the contact numbers for information. Everything will be dealt with in total confidence.

If you can help by donating non-perishable food to this new food bank then please your donations in the dedicated box in the Church. If you can help with a financial donation then please get in touch.

Every little thing you can offer will help a neighbour or friend.