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Universal credit: Benefits start move to monthly payments

A massive shake-up in the UK benefits system has begun, with the first claims made for new universal credit payments. Universal credit will merge several benefits and tax credits into one monthly payout. It begins with a very small number of new claimants in Ashton-under-Lyne in Greater Manchester, but will eventually affect nearly eight million people

Iain Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary, said the new system was about “changing people .The benefit is for working age people looking for work, and will replace income-based jobseeker’s allowance, income-related employment and support allowance, income support, child tax credit, working tax credit, and housing benefit

    April 2013: First claims taken in Ashton-under-Lyne

    July 2013: Delayed pilot schemes start in Warrington, Wigan and Oldham

    October 2013: New claimants nationally move to universal credit

    Spring 2014: Current claimants start shift from existing benefits to the new payment

    2017: Switch is completed.

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This entry was posted on 14/06/2013 by in EU BLOGS, politics, thevoid, uk blogs, Uncategorized, wearespartacus.
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