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Universal Credit extended and new Northern Ireland timetable

Thursday 8th February 2018


From this week, the Universal Credit full service is being extended to the Coalville Jobcente in Leicestershire, to Ayr and Girvan in Scotland and to the Foyle and Armagh jobcentres in Northern Ireland.

Later in February it will also be rolled out to a further 11 new jobcentres.

  • From 14 February - Accrington, Blackburn and parts of the Handsworth, Selly Oak and Sparkhill jobcentres in Birmingham.
  • From 21 February - Gloucester, Omagh and Enniskillen jobcentres.
  • From 28 February - Cardiff, Clapham and Brixton jobcentres.

Universal Credit rollout in Northern Ireland pushed back

The Department for Communities has announced a new timetable for the roll out of Universal Credit in Northern Ireland.

Originally the Universal Credit full service was expected to cover the whole of Northern Ireland by September 2018. This has now been pushed back to December 2018.

You can see the revised timetable for the roll out of the full service in Northern Ireland at the nidirect website.        

Need help understanding Universal Credit?

Visit our Universal Credit webpage for more information about how Universal Credit is being rolled out and how to make a claim.

You can also download our Universal Credit - the essentials factsheet [PDF] or our factsheet on how Universal Credit affects families with disabled children [PDF].

If you are affected by any of these issues and need advice, get in touch with our helpline.

We're campaigning to improve Universal Credit

Contact is currently campaigning for three changes to Universal Credit rules, which are unfair to families with disabled children:

  • Reverse cuts to the lower disabled child element under Universal Credit, which will see 100,000 families with disabled children worse off by £1,600 each year.
  • Remove rules that mean Universal Credit is stopped when a disabled child is in hospital for six months.
  • Remove rules that mean Universal Credit is stopped when a disabled child lives away from home such as in residential school.

We need your help to campaign for these changes!

More than 4,000 people have signed our petition to the prime minister.  Join them and help us stop cuts to payments for disabled children under Universal Credit, by signing our petition today.

Affected by Universal Credit cuts?

We are keen to gather experiences of anyone who has been moved onto Universal Credit and experienced a cut to their payments because of the above reasons.

If you have been affected and would be willing to share your story, we would love to hear from you. Please email us at press@contact.org.uk