Universal credit starts today

Mon, 29/04/2013 - 13:16 -- nick

The government has today launched its new universal credit scheme.

It is being tried out in one area first - Ashton-under-Lyne in Greater Manchester - but will be extended to the whole country from October 2013.

Universal credit replaces a range of benefits, including income-based jobseeker's allowance, income-related employment and support allowance, income support, child tax credit, working tax credit, and housing benefit.

Nearly six million people will receive the new payment.

Freud names local authority pilot long-list for Universal Credit

Thu, 26/07/2012 - 13:35 -- nick
The Department for Work and Pensions and the Local Government Association have today named fifteen local authorities in England recommended as potential pilot sites for Universal Credit. The pilots will focus on delivering the face to face support some people may need to make claims for Universal Credit, including online support, help with budgeting and job searches, reducing fraud and error, and reducing homelessness. From these recommendations, DWP will now make a final selection of those that will go ahead in the Autumn.


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