NEW jobseekers in Preston and Leyland will join a new benefits system in the coming months when they start to claim Universal Credit for the first time.
Universal Credit has replaced six existing benefits with one all encompassing payment, with the aim of ensuring that people are better off if they work than they would be on welfare.
Minister for Welfare Reform Lord David Freud said: “I am delighted that Universal Credit is about to go live in Preston and Leyland as we continue to extend this groundbreaking reform in a careful and controlled way across the country.
“With record numbers of people in work, Universal Credit is destined to play a huge part in helping to build a stronger and more resilient economy for the future as part of our long-term economic plan.
“Under Universal Credit claimants are given support that is tailored to their individual needs, and they can now rest assured that when they increase their hours they will be better off financially, rather than fearing their benefits will be cut as a consequence of taking on more work.”
Steve Johnson, district manager for Cumbria and Lancashire Jobcentre Plus, said: “We are very much looking forward to developing our role as coaches and mentors as we help claimants to find and keep work.”
Unison has criticised Universal Credit, saying it will leave 2.8million worse off due to cuts including disability benefits, child tax credits, and the so-called bedroom tax.