Expansion plans for credits

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The Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Freud has set out plans for the next steps of Universal Credit, marking the first anniversary of the full new benefit becoming available.

As of this month, more jobcentres across the North-West of England will become online centres meaning one in eight jobcentres in Britain will offer the full Universal Credit once the North-West expansion is completed.

Lord Freud said: “Universal Credit is helping to ensure that work pays and is part of the Government’s long-term plan to get more people into work and off benefits.

“Universal Credit is changing lives.

“We are seeing claimants move smoothly into work, safe in the knowledge that support from Universal Credit remains with them.”

The new Universal Credit will replace six existing benefits, including income-based jobseeker’s allowance and child tax credit, with a single monthly payment.