Universal Credit in Crisis: What is Universal Credit, when did it come to Preston, and how many people are on it?

Universal Credit in Crisis: An in-depth analysis of problems linked to the problem benefit by the JPIMedia Investigations team
Universal Credit in Crisis: An in-depth analysis of problems linked to the problem benefit by the JPIMedia Investigations team
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Introduced as part of the Conservative Government's welfare reform, Universal Credit replaces six benefits - child tax credit, housing benefit, income support, jobseeker's allowance, employment and support allowance, and working tax credit - with one monthly payment.

Historically, benefits were paid fortnightly.

READ MORE:: How much will I get on Universal Credit?

Only new claimants and those with a change of circumstance are put on Universal Credit, though the Government plans to start shifting all those on old style benefits onto the new system from July, starting in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

READ MORE:: How to log or sign into Universal Credit

Universal Credit was rolled out in Blackpool last July, with almost 5,00 people already on it. Some 3,423 are unemployed; 1,521 have jobs.

READ MORE:: What is the Universal Credit helpline number?