Universal Credit: Understanding the new landscape

What is Universal Credit, how will it impact your parish and how can you respond?

Capital Mass are 2-hour interactive, practical training sessions about Universal Credit in each of the 5 Episcopal Areas of the Diocese. Universal Credit is the biggest change in the welfare system for generations. The training is aimed at anyone working for or volunteering with a church in the Diocese and is FREE.

Over the next 3 years, Universal Credit will effect about 600,000 people in the Diocese of London,whether in or out of work. This means that Universal Credit will effect every congregation as well as guests at Foodbanks and similar ministries.

How to know whether you should attend.

If you answer yes to any of the following questions - then we’d suggest you need to be with us.

Do you have anyone in your parish:

  • bringing up children on low income?
  • out of work?
  • on low wages or zero hour contracts?
  • receiving housing benefit?
  • unable to work due to illness or disability?

…..looking forward to see you.

We will cover:

This will be informal, informative session with plenty of time for questions and discussion. And as ever with our events, we promise good coffee, tea, cake and snacks.

We will look at what the changes mean and how the church can respond.

  • What is ‘Universal Credit’ and when is it being introduced?
  • How will it affect those in my community?
  • How might we respond as a compassionate church to prepare & support?

You will come away with:

  • Deeper knowledge of what is happening & issues that are affecting people
  • Places you can signpost people for help
  • Practical tools you can use in your church or community setting

Dates and Venues

Below are dates for each Episcopal Area where together we can understand the is new landscape and feel equipped to respond. You are more than welcome to attend the venue most convenient for you..


Tues 18th Sept 10.30-12.30pm St Simons Shepherds Bush, W14 0DA


Thurs 4th Oct 7.30-9.30pm St. Annes, Hoxton, N1 5LF

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Thurs 11th Oct 7.30-9.30pm Holy Trinity, Perivale, UB6 8LN

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Wed 7th Nov 10am-12pm Christ Church, Cockfosters EN4 9JQ

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Two Cities:

Wed 14th Nov 10am-12pm 36 Causton Street, SW1P 4AU

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Extra Two Cities Date (due to popular demand)

Tuesday 20th November, 10.30-12.30pm St James Piccadilly 197 Picadilly, London W1J 9LL, UK

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Please click on the links above or here and let Chantal know which venue/date you’d like to attend: events@capitalmass.org.uk

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