Government confirms dates for Universal Credit full service expansion over the summer.
Tuesday 6th June 2017
The government had already announced that during June the Universal Credit full service would be rolled out to seven new areas:
- From 7 June - Salisbury and Weston-super-Mare.
- From 14 June - Brighouse, Halifax and Todmorden.
- From 28 June - Alloa and Stirling.
However, the government has also now confirmed that there will be a major expansion of the full service to during the summer involving many more jobcentres:
- 5 July - Dingwall, Fort William, Invergordon, Portree and Wick jobcentres in Highland Region; parts of Barnsley, Goldthorpe and Wombwell jobcentre areas in South Yorkshire; parts of Chelmsley Wood, Solihull, Dudley, Halesowen and Stourbridge jobcentre areas in the West Midlands.
- 12 July - Cwmbran, Pontypool, Eastleigh in Hampshire, Clevedon in North Somerset, Bexhill in East Sussex, Devizes and Trowbridge in Wiltshire, parts of York Monkgate jobcentre area.
- 19 July - Chester and Crewe, Harlow, North Kensington, Altrincham and Stretford in Greater Manchester, parts of Southend, parts of Ramsgate and Margate jobcentre areas.
- 6 Sept - remaining parts of Ramsgate and Margate jobcentre areas.
- 13 Sept - remaining parts of Barnsley, Goldthorpe and Wombwell jobcentre areas.
- 20Sept - remaining parts of Southend jobcentre area.
- 27 Sept - remaining parts of Chelmsley Wood, Solihull, Dudley, Halesowen and Stourbridge jobcentre areas.
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 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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