Jo Stevens

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Jo Stevens - Labour MP for Cardiff Central

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The second annual of Great Get Together is taking place 22nd – 24th June 2018 with hopefully even more fun and friendly events in Cardiff Central than last year.

The Great Get Together is inspired by my friend and colleague Jo Cox, who was killed on 16 June 2016. We believe there is a groundswell of people who reject divisive politics and simply want to bring our communities together and celebrate all that unites us. This is our chance.

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Jo’s family and friends came up with the initiative, and have teamed up with The Big Lunch to move their annual celebration. More than one hundred organisations supported the Great Get Together last year and there are were just under 120,000 Great Get Together events held around the country.

Last year’s events in Cardiff were a great success, with open, inclusive and family friendly events, such as picnics and sing-alongs organised all across the city that really brought out the community spirit. Let’s come together again this year to celebrate the work and life of Jo Cox and fight hate and divisiveness with yet more fun and community building.

If you’d like to organise a Great Get Together event in Cardiff Central, please let me know and I’ll do my best to come along and say hello! Just email jo.stevens.mp@parliament.uk.

To find out more about this initiative, please click here.

Great Get Together Events 2018

The second annual of Great Get Together is taking place 22nd – 24th June 2018 with hopefully even more fun and friendly events in Cardiff Central than last year. The...

Universal Credit is being phased into Cardiff, starting this month. It is a new, single monthly payment to replace the following benefits and tax credits:

  • Housing Benefit
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Child Tax Credits
  • Working Tax Credits

It will not replace Child Benefit, and it will not replace Contribution-Based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Contribution-Based Employment and Support Allowance, unless you receive one of these benefits and have housing costs. Then, you will also claim Universal Credit to help with these costs instead of Housing Benefit.

To begin with, only single unemployed working age people will be affected by this change. 

If you are already claiming one or more of the benefits listed above, you will not be affected until the Department of Work and Pensions contacts you.

However, if you are claiming them and your partner moves in with you and she/he is claiming Universal Credit, you will have to claim Universal Credit together. 
You will not be able to claim Universal Credit during this initial stage if you:
  • are part of a couple
  • are responsible for any children 
  • have caring responsibilities
  • are not fit for work 
  • are homeless or live in supported or temporary accommodation 
  • are a homeowner 
  • are in education or on a training course

 

How to apply

You apply for Universal Credit online, and you will need an email address. You will also need to attend a meeting with your Job Centre work coach to complete your claim and provide any evidence requested. Click here for Cardiff Council's Universal Credit Checklist.

If you can't get online at home, you can use a computer at the Central Library Hub, your local Job Centre Plus or your local library.

If you need help, phone the Universal Credit Helpline for free on 0800 328 5644 or 0800 328 9344.

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Dates for my February advice surgeries have now been confirmed. 

Friday 2nd February 4pm - 6pm, Roath

Constituency Office, 116 Albany Road, Roath, CF24 3RU

Friday 16th February 4pm - 6pm, Roath

Constituency Office, 116 Albany Road, Roath, CF24 3RU

Friday 23rd February 2pm - 3pm, Llanedeyrn

Powerhouse Hub, Roundwood, Llanedeyrn CF23 9PN

Saturday 24th February 10am - 11am, Advice Surgery with Plasnewydd Labour Councillors

Penylan Library, Penylan Road, Penylan, CF23 5HW

Saturday 24th February 11am - 12 noon, Advice Surgery with Cathays Labour Councillors

Cathays Library, Fairoak Road, Cathays, CF24 4PW

Friday 2nd March, 11am - 12 noon, Adamsdown

St German's Church Hall (Adamsdown Day Centre), Star Street, Adamsdown, CF24 0JY 

To see all future surgery dates, please click here.

In addition to these dates, my staff team run a specific Immigration Clinic, every Wednesday from 11am - 12 noon at my Constituency Office, 116 Albany Road, Roath, Cardiff CF24 3RU. These sessions for specifically for Home Office and immigration queries.

If you are unable to attend any of the dates above, my staff team are always available to assist. You can get in touch by calling 02921 329736 or by emailing jo.stevens.mp@parliament.uk - or by calling into my constituency office at 116 Albany Road, Roath, Cardiff, CF24 3RU - we are open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, except on Thursdays when we close at 12.30pm.

Advice Surgeries in February

Dates for my February advice surgeries have now been confirmed.  Friday 2nd February 4pm - 6pm, Roath Constituency Office, 116 Albany Road, Roath, CF24 3RU Friday 16th February 4pm -...

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