Universal Credit rollout in South Holland from July 11
Starting from July 11, South Holland will become the latest district to introduce the Universal Credit service, continuing the spread of this part of the government's welfare reform. Universal Credit will replace:
- Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income Support
- Working Tax Credit
- Child Tax Credit
- Housing Benefit
It is designed to encourage, support and make households financially better off through work. It does this through:
- Monthly Payments: Encouraging managing monthly budgets, making direct payments for rent and other costs, and replicating the working income.
- A simple Earnings Taper: This makes it easier to start to work, as the taper is applied to the amount of earnings, not the number of hours worked, making people financially better off when in work.
- Easier Transitions: Claims will no longer close once a claimant works 16 hours, but will be assessed each month on their earnings and adjust accordingly. It also provides consistency for any changes in circumstances.
- Claimant Commitment: This acts like a 'contract' setting out tailored requirements and actions required in order to receive continued payment.
From July 11, the Universal Credit full service will be available for all Working Age Claimant groups in South Holland, and will initially be used for those making a new claim or undergoing certain changes in their circumstances. This applies to all claimants working with Spalding Job Centre Plus, whilst Stamford and Peterborough are already underway and Wisbech, Boston and Kings Lynn are due to rollout the service later in 2018.
A page is now live on the South Holland District Council website, containing key information and resources to help people find out more about Universal Credit and begin their claim process, www.sholland.gov.uk/universalcredit