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Department for Work and Pensions

Department for Work and Pensions Department for Work and Pensions

The Department for Work and Pensions is responsible for welfare, pensions and child maintenance policy. Through Jobcentre Plus, we administer a range of benefits and work to support people into employment. You can find out more about what we do and the support provided through Jobcentre Plus below.


Universal Credit is a single payment to help with your living costs, replacing a range of benefits, including Job Seekers Allowance and Employment Support Allowance. If you are currently claiming another benefit, you will be advised by the DWP if you need to move on to Universal Credit. To find out more, including how to make a claim visit the website for more information.

You can check what benefits you are entitled to claim based on your circumstances on, including how much better off you will be in work. You will need to have information relating to any work you are doing and your housing situation to hand. Follow the link. It will take you about ten minutes to complete.

Supporting you into Employment

We offer a variety of services to support you into finding work. Follow the links below or speak to your Work Coach if you are interested in any of the services. You can also stay up to date with developments at your local Jobcentre Plus, including employment-related opportunities, by registering for the Workbox Mailing List and following Wolves at Work on Twitter.

Delivered in conjunction with City of Wolverhampton Council, we have already supported over 3,000 people into local jobs. You will be provided with a Work Coach who will support you to find the right job and for 12 weeks after you start. Follow the link to find out more and register.

If you have a health condition or have been unemployed for more than two years, you are eligible for the Work and Health programme delivered by Shaw Trust. Your support manager will be able to help you resolve any issues and arrange work placements. Speak to a Work Coach in the Jobcentre to be referred. Follow the link for more information.
If you are interested in self-employment, the DWP offers support to start your own business. To be eligible, you need to be claiming Universal Credit, Job Seekers Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance and have a viable business plan. A mentor will support you to set up your business and start to trade, and you may be eligible for benefits for 26 weeks after, as well as start-up loans. Speak to your Work Coach to be referred. Follow this link for more information.

National Careers Service can provide support to find work. Everyone is eligible, and we can support you in person to redesign your CV, or provide information advice and guidance on the best career path for you. You can be referred in the Jobcentre by your Work Coach, or follow the link for more information.
Sector-Based Work Academies We regularly run sector-based work academies with local employers who are looking for new staff. This gives you the opportunity to learn about the industry, complete a qualification, gain some work experience and also benefit from a guaranteed interview. Speak to your Work Coach in the Jobcentre to find out more about the next opportunity.

Work Experience & Work Trials Speak to your Work Coach in the Jobcentre about arranging Work Experience or a Work Trial. We have links with many employers, and this can be a good way of getting your foot in the door with local employers.
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If you want to find out more about what we do, visit DWP to find out more.