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Universal Credit Update

Em Morley - December 10, 2014
Universal Credit Update

Universal Credit Update

After the effective introduction of Universal Credit in the northwest of England, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published details of the first launch of national expansion to local authorities, and Jobcentres.

Universal Credit will expand to new claims from single people, who would previously have been entitled to Jobseeker’s Allowance, inclusive of those already receiving Housing Benefit, and Working Tax Credit.

The PDF below outlines the provisional planning assumption for the initial introduction of sites that will provide Universal Credit between February and April 2015.

DWP is dedicated to working alongside local authorities before they confirm or publish more details about the plan.

Once the first period is complete, Universal Credit will be offered in one in three Jobcentres around the country, with more Jobcentres making the scheme available in subsequent launches, concluding in the full national expansion in spring 2016.

The DWP’s plan can be found here: uc-national-expansion.pdf