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Department for Work and Pensions press release about Universal Credit pilots (link opens in a new window)Twelve local authority led pilot projects that will support people to claim Universal Credit have been announced by Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform.

These projects will run from Autumn 2012 in:

  • Bath and North East Somerset Council
  • Birmingham City Council
  • Caerphilly County Borough Council
  • Dumfries and Galloway Council
  • London Borough of Lewisham
  • Melton and Rushcliffe Borough Councils (as a partnership)
  • Newport City Council
  • North Dorset District Council
  • North Lanarkshire Council
  • Oxford City Council
  • West Dunbartonshire Council
  • West Lindsey District Council

Two further pilots by Oldham Council and Wigan Council will be run as part of the Pathfinder preparations to test Universal Credit.

The aim of these projects is to explore how local expertise can support residents under Universal Credit, setting examples for other local authorities across the country. Claimants will be helped to build online skills to claim Universal Credit; look for jobs; and develop financial management skills.

Universal Credit has been designed as an online service, but the Government understands that some people may still need face-to-face support.

The pilots will examine how councils can help to provide these services and how face-to-face services can help people to become digitally independent.

Further pilot projects are due to be developed after 2015 to set the longer term role for councils in supporting Universal Credit claimants.

Read the Department for Work and Pensions press release about Universal Credit pilots (link opens in a new window)

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