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Universal Credit rolls out to more new areas from today

Wednesday 11th October 2017

Despite widespread recent calls for the roll-out of Universal Credit to be suspended, today sees the Universal Credit full service extended to several new areas.

From Wednesday 11 October the full service is being rolled out to the following jobcentre areas:

  • Bootle, Crosby and Southport.
  • Didcot.
  • Doncaster, Mexborough and Thorne.
  • Eastbourne.
  • Gateshead.
  • Plymouth.
  • Poole.

Universal Credit is a new benefit that is being introduced to replace income support, income-based job seekers allowance, income-related employment and support allowance, housing benefit, child tax credit and working tax credit. These are known as the "legacy benefits".

Anyone of working age - including a parent with a disabled child - who lives in one of these areas, and who makes a new claim for one of the legacy benefits, will be asked to claim Universal Credit instead. The only exception to this are families with three or more dependent children who are exempt from Universal Credit and can claim the legacy benefits instead.

Initially Universal Credit will only apply to families making new claims. Existing claimants who do not have a change of circumstances will not be moved onto Universal Credit until 2019 at the earliest.

Sign our petition to scrap Universal Credit cuts

Contact is calling on the government to take urgent action to scrap cuts to payments for disabled children under Universal Credit that will leave many families worse off by more than £1,600 a year.

We are very worried that more than 100,000 parents with disabled children are at risk of being worse off on Universal Credit. For that reason, we have asked the prime minister to reverse cuts to child disability payments under Universal Credit.

More than 3,000 people have signed our petition so far.  Join them and help us stop cuts to payments for disabled children under Universal Credit by signing our petition today.

Further information

See our Universal Credit webpage for more information.

For advice about how Universal Credit will affect you, call or email our free helpline.