Wellingborough latest in Universal Credit switchover


The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is confident it is on track to meet its target of ensuring three quarters of all Jobcentre Plus offices have been switched over to the Universal Credit scheme by the end of the year.

Over recent months, the new system, which sees claimants access one single benefit rather than several separate ones, has been rolled out across the length and breadth of the country.

While critics have argued that the switchover will see many claimants, including families, miss out financially, supporters of the initiative have argued that it will make the whole system of claiming benefits easier to use and more efficient overall.

"Universal Credit is a revolution in welfare, a system that, for the first time, supports people both in and out of work," the government's Minister for Welfare Reform, Lord Freud, has argued.

“Already people across the country are benefiting from this greater flexibility.

"Under Universal Credit we are helping to create a higher wage, lower tax, and lower welfare society, with people moving into jobs faster, and able to increase their earnings safe in the knowledge that they are better off in work"

Northamptonshire Jobcentre Plus latest to embrace Universal Credit 

Just one of the locations to be affected by the switchover in recent days is Wellingborough, with Universal Credit now available at its Jobcentre Plus office for single claimants.

This latest development means that some 110,000 people across the country are now receiving the new style of benefit, with the government on course to hit its target of having 75 per cent of all job centres offering Universal Credit before the current year is through.

It's estimated that, once the system has been fully rolled out, the government will be able to save taxpayers around £2.6 billion a year as levels of both fraud and processing errors are reduced dramatically. 



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