Universal credit benefit system coming to job centres in Northamptonshire

Universal credit is coming to jobcentres in Northamptonshire
Universal credit is coming to jobcentres in Northamptonshire

Two job centres in Northamptonshire will join the biggest change in the history of the welfare system with the introduction of universal credit.

Job centres in Daventry and Corby will be among the 151 across Britain rapidly rolling out the new benefit system from February 2015.

Universal credit merges six benefits in to one and aims to simplify the system meaning that people will be better off going to work.

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said: “We’ve already seen remarkable success, with universal credit claimants moving into work faster and staying in work longer. As part of our long-term economic plan, people in the East Midlands will have the financial security of knowing that if they work more they will earn more.

“By Spring 2015 universal credit will be in a third of the country’s job centres as part of the wholesale transformation of the welfare state - providing the country with an economic benefit of £7 billion each year when rolled out.”

Universal Credit will initially be open to single jobseekers. People will get one monthly payment instead of several fortnightly ones, which makes the system easier to understand and administer.