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Universal Credit full service rolled out to more areas this week

Friday 21st July 2017

This week sees the extension of the Universal Credit full service to families with disabled children in another 8 jobcentre areas.

From 19 July, the full service was rolled out to Chester, Crewe, Harlow, Altrincham, Stretford and parts of the Southend, Margate and Ramsgate jobcentre areas. See our Universal Credit webpage for more detailed information.

Anyone of working age - including a parent with a disabled child - who lives in one of these jobcentre areas, and who makes a new claim for one of the benefits Universal Credit is replacing, will be asked to claim Universal Credit instead. The only exception to this will be families with three or more dependent children who will instead be able to continue claiming the old style means tested benefits.

The government had originally announced that the full service would also be launched in North Kensington from today. However in light of the fact that many survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire live within North Kensington, a decision has now been taken to delay it's roll out in this area until October.

The full timetable for the roll-out of Universal Credit full service to the rest of Great Britain is available at the GOV.UK website. In Northern Ireland, the roll out of Universal Credit is planned to start in September 2017. For more details see the nidirect.Gov.uk website.

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Contact a Family is very worried that more than 100,000 other parents with disabled children are also at risk of being worse off on Universal Credit. For that reason we are calling on the prime minister to reverse cuts to child disability payments under Universal Credit.

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For more information about why some families are worse off on Universal Credit, see our free briefing on 'Universal Credit and disabled children' [PDF].