Universal Credit and the European Social Fund

Local government has key role in helping Universal Credit (UC) claimants move closer to employment.  

The European Social Fund (ESF) provides opportunities to develop and test out new ways of helping claimants and developing local solutions ahead of the wider volume roll out of Universal Credit.  

This guide suggests some of the preparation needed to access the funding available. The advice is based on information about the future ESF bid process, and the experience of councils who have made recent successful applications, and are now delivering their projects. 

More information is now available on the DWP website here and here

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