Universal Credit available in Wellingborough

Unemployment has dropped to 191,000
Unemployment has dropped to 191,000

Universal Credit will be available in Wellingborough as the national rollout of the new benefit continues.

Universal Credit will be in three-quarters of all jobcentres across the country by Christmas, and recent figures show that more than 110,000 people are now receiving it.

New single jobseekers in Wellingborough will be able to claim Universal Credit from Monday, September 28.

Universal Credit is the new benefit that the Government says will simplify the welfare system, incentivise jobseekers and help people to be better off in work.

It also said the latest research shows Universal Credit claimants spend more time looking for work, move into work quicker and stay in jobs for longer compared to those on Jobseeker’s Allowance.

Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Freud said: “Universal Credit is a revolution in welfare – a system that, for the first time, supports people both in and out of work.

“Already people across the country are benefiting from this greater flexibility.

“Under Universal Credit we are helping to create a higher wage, lower tax, and lower welfare society, with people moving into jobs faster, and able to increase their earnings safe in the knowledge that they are better off in work.”

Universal Credit is designed to replace six existing benefits with one monthly payment, and for the first time, will combine in and out of work benefits.

The new system shifts focus away from the number of hours a person works to the amount they earn, ending the 16-hour rule.

Once fully rolled out, the Government hopes Universal Credit will save taxpayers more than £2.6bn each year in reduced fraud and error.

With access to HMRC’s real-time earnings data, benefit payments can now be calculated exactly, and adjusted automatically to eliminate overpayments and ensure people receive the correct level of support both in and out of work.