Universal Credit will be rolled out in Wolverhampton between December 2015 and April 2016.
Announcements so far indicate that to start with the only single people who would otherwise have claimed Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance due to unemployment will be put on Universal Credit, but this may change.
The government says Universal Credit will make the benefits system easier, to to make sure it pays to be in work.
It will replace a number of different ‘working-age’ benefits including Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit.
It is expected that claims will be made ‘online’ via computer.
One Voice can help you with this – we have a number of tablet computers so we can help people filling in forms and making claims
Universal Credit payments are made monthly in arrears and will include an allowance for housing costs (rent or mortgage interest).