Universal Credit system comes to Grantham Jobcentre
Grantham Jobcentre is one of 150 Jobcentres around the country that will start taking Universal Credit claims for the first time from February next year.
Universal Credit merges six benefits into one and simplifies the system so that people will always be better off in work, according to the Department for Work and Pensions.
What’s more, it adds, for the first time people will be helped when they are in work to earn more.
Minister for welfare reform Lord Freud said: “We’ve already seen remarkable successes, with Universal Credit claimants moving into work faster and staying in work longer. As part of our long-term economic plan, people in Grantham will have the financial security of knowing that working more pays more money.
“Our work coaches in Grantham Jobcentre will give claimants tailored support they need to get into work and for the first time will give people support when they are in work to earn more.”
Claims will initially be open to single jobseekers. People will get one monthly payment rather than fortnightly ones, mirroring the way most people are paid in work.
And because Universal Credit allows Jobcentres to access real-time HMRC earnings data, it means that exactly the right level of support is in place to help people on their journey into work, including topping up claimants earnings when they are on a low income.
Universal Credit is already available in almost 100 Jobcentre areas and as of next week will be in all of the North West of England. The next stage of Universal Credit roll out means that it will be available in one in three of the country’s Jobcentres.
Universal Credit is replacing the six main out-of-work benefits and tax credits and is being gradually rolled out across the country.