Universal Credit full service rolled out to more areas from today
Wednesday 26th April 2017
From today, April 26, the the Universal Credit full service is being extended to families with disabled children in those parts of Lancashire covered by the Oldham jobcentre. Then during May it will be rolled out to the job centres in Bedford, Dover, Burnley, Ilkeston, Long Eaton, Chippenham.
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.
Our Universal Credit campaign is coming soon
Contact a Family is worried that many families with a disabled child will be worse off under Universal Credit, and our concerns about cuts to child disability payments were mentioned by MPs last week during a Universal Credit debate in parliament.
During the month of May, we will be running a month-long initiative to make sure that more families with disabled children are aware of Universal Credit and how it is likely to impact on them.
As part of this, we will be launching a series of podcasts explaining what Universal Credit is as well as producing a free guide for parents highlighting some of the problems Universal Credit might cause for families with disabled children.
Make sure you keep an eye on our webpages for weekly updates and to find out how you can become involved in making sure that Universal Credit works better for families with a disabled child.