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Universal Credit (UC) timetable

Find out more about the Universal Credit timetable.

1. Universal Credit (UC) roll-out 2018

Full Digital Service Areas

Universal Credit is being rolled out in full digital service areas. Full digital service areas are gradually replacing live service areas. Claimants on Universal Credit in a live service area will be transferred onto the full digital service when their area goes digital. New claims for Universal Credit will only be accepted in full digital service areas in 2018.

Anyone in a full digital service area who is working age can start a claim for Universal Credit, as long as they don't have three or more children. Anyone with three or more children who is already on Universal Credit will stay on Universal Credit, rather than be transferred to other benefits or tax credits. Families with three or more children will be able to start Universal Credit claims from November 2018 onwards.

The government expects the national roll-out of the full digital service to be completed by September 2018. The government plans to start transferring people who are still on existing benefits or tax credits onto Universal Credit from July 2019. They plan to complete this process by March 2022.

Below we list when a job centre starts to take claims under the full digital service.  Some job centres will phase in their full digital service, and won't be including all their postcodes immediately.  To find out if you live in a full digital service area enter your postcode on the Universal Credit Info website.

January 2018

In Northern Ireland: Strabane and Lisnagelvin, 

February 2018

In England, Scotland, Wales: Accrington, Ayr, Blackburn, Brixton, Cardiff Alex House, Cardiff Charles Street, Clapham Common, Coalville, Girvan, Gloucester.

In Northern Ireland: Foyle, Armagh, Omagh and Enniskillen

March 2018

In England, Scotland, Wales: Acton, Ashton-under-Lyne, Barking, Ealing, Falkirk, Grangemouth, Hyde, Lincoln, Maesteg, Palmers Green.

In Northern Ireland: Dungannon and Portadown.

April 2018

In England, Scotland,Wales: Airdrie, Ashton in Makerfield, Bellshill, Cumbernauld, Ipswich, Leigh, Motherwell, Rhyl, Slough, South Bucks District Council, Wigan.

In Northern Ireland: Banbridge and Lurgan.

May 2018

In England, Scotland, Wales: Annan, Basingstoke, Barnet, Bathgate, Bodmin, Bracknell, Bracknell Forest, Bridgnorth, Chatham, Diss,  Dumfries, Edmonton, Folkestone, Gravesend, Gravesham, Hendon, Heywood, Huyton, Jarrow, Kirkby, Killingworth, Livingston, Maidenhead, Market Drayton, Middleton, Newark, Newquay, North Shields, Oswestry, Rochdale, Rushden, Scarborough, Selby, Sevenoaks, Shrewsbury, South Shields, Stanraer, St Austell, Stowmarket, Truro, Wallsend, Walthamstow, Whitby, Whitchurch, Wokingham.

In Northern Ireland: Kilkeel, Downpatrick, Newry, Bangor, Newtownards, Holywood Road, Knockbreda, Newtownabbey and Shankill.

June 2018

In England, Scotland, Wales: Abergavenny, Alfreton, Amlwch, Ammanford, Ashford, Banff, Barnsbury, Bedminster, Belper, Bishopsworth, Blaby, Blairgowrie, Buckie, Bradford Eastbrook Court, Caldicott, Chepstow, Chester le Street, Bradford Westfield House, Bridgend, Bristol Temple St, Carmarthen, Colwyn Bay, Cornwall, Crawley, Darlington, Dereham, Durham, Elgin, Eyemouth, Finsbury Park, Forres, Fraserburgh, Galashiels, Hanley, Hawick, Haywards Heath, Heanor, Helston, Hereford, Holyhead, Horsham, Isles of Scilly, Keighley, Kingston, Leicester Charles St, Leicester City, Leicester New Walk, Leicester Wellington St, Leominster, Llanelli, Llandudno, Llangefni, Longton, Marylebone, Merthyr Tydfil, Mid Sussex, Newton Aycliffe, Oadby & Wigston, Penryn, Penzance, Peterhead, Perth, Porthcawl, Redbridge, Redruth, Romford, Ross on Wye, Skegness, Spennymoor, Twickenham

In Northern Ireland: Corporation Street, Falls, Andersontown, Shaftesbury Square, Lisburn and Larne.

July 2018

In England, Scotland,Wales: Abertillery, Andover, Bangor, Barnstaple, Barrow, Beverley, Bideford, Billingham, Bognor, Bridlington, Bromley, Bury, Canning Town, Canterbury, Canvey, Carlisle, Cheetham Hill, Chichester, Chorley, Clacton, Colchester, Coventy Cofa Court, Dartford, Dartford, Derby City, Dinnington, Dolgellau, Ebbw Vale, Forest Hill, Goole, Harrow, Harwich, Hessle, Honiton, Houghton le Spring, Leyland, Littlehampton, Loughborough, Maltby, Middlesborough  , Middlesborough East, Penrith, Porthmadog, Preston, Prestwich, Pwllheli, Rayleigh, Rotherham, Southwick, Spalding, St Helens, Staveley, Stockton, Stratford, Sunderland, Thornaby, Tiverton, Washington, Winchester, Worthing, Worthing, Wythenshawe.

In Northern Ireland: Carrickfergus, Antrim and Ballymena.

August 2018

In England, Scotland, Wales: N/A

In Northern Ireland: Cookstown, Ballynahinch and Newcastle.

September 2018

In England, Scotland, Wales: Aberystwyth, Atherstone, Aylesbury, Bargoed, Barrhead, Belle Vale, Blackwood, Boston, Brixham, Bromsgrove, Buxton, Caerphilly, Campbeltown, Cardigan, Chesham, Cosham, Dunoon, Eccles, Ely, Exeter, Exeter, Gainsborough, Garston, Glossop, Glossop, Govan, Haverfordwest, Helensborough, High Wycombe, Horfield, Horfield, Hythe, Irlam, Johnstone, Kendal, Kirkwall, Laurieston, Lerwick, Lewes, Louth, Lymington, Malvern, Mansfield, Matlock, Miford Haven, Newhaven, Newlands, Newport, Newton Abbot, Oban, Paisley, Pembroke Dock, Portsmouth, Renfrew, Ringwood, Rothesay, Salford, Shirehampton, Stornoway, Thetford, Torquay, Totnes, Wandsworth, Wisbech, Worsley.

October 2018

In England, Scotland, Wales: Aberdeen, Aldershot, Alton, Barry, Bexleyheath, Bordon, Brecon, Brownhills, Bulwell, Cambridge, Clydebank, Cromer, Dumbarton, Epsom, Farnborough, Felixstowe, Guildford, Guisley, Hackney, Hayes, Hertford, High Riggs, Hoxton, Huntingdon, Kettering, Kingswood, Leamington Spa, Leeds Park Place, Leeds Southern House, Leiston, Leith, Letchworth, Llandrindod Wells, Luton, Machynlleth, Morley, Newtown, Norwich, Norwich, Nottingham Central, Nottingham Loxley House, Partick, Penarth, Pudsey, Redhill, Redhill, Ryde, Seacroft, Springburn, Stevenage, Tottenham, Uxbridge, Uxbridge, Walsall Bayard House, Walsall Bridle Court, Welshpool, Wester Hailes, Willenhall, Woking, Wood Green, Woodbridge, Woolwich, Worcester, Yate, Ystradgynlais.

November 2018

In England, Scotland, Wales: Aberdare, Arnold, Ashfield, Ashington, Beeston, Berwick, Biggleswade, Bolton Blackhorse St, Bolton Great Moor St, Burton, Caernarfon, Camberley, Cannock, Castleford, Chapeltown, Clitheroe, Cramlington, Eston, Evesham, Fareham, Gosport, Guisborough, Harlesdon, Havant, Hemsworth, Kidderminster, Kings Lynn, Leighton Buzzard, Llantrisant, Loftus, Maidstone, Morpeth, Nelson, Northampton, Oldbury, Pontefract, Pontypridd, Porth, Rawtenstall, Redcar, Sheffield Bailey Court, Sheffield Cavendish Court, Shirebrook, Sleaford, Smethwick, Stafford, Staines, Staines, Staines, Stockport, Swadlincote, Telford, Tipton, Tonbridge, Tonypandy, Toxteth, Treorchy, Wakefield, Wellingborough, West Bromwich, Weybridge, Weybridge, Weybridge, Williamson Square.

December 2018

In England, Scotland, Wales: Alnwick, Bedlington, Blackpool, Blyth, Borehamwood, Castlemilk, Chelmsford, Drumchapel, Everton, Fakenham, Fleetwood, Hemel Hempstead, Hexham, Hull Britannia House, Kentish Town, Kidsgrove, Loughton, Mildenhall, Milton Keynes, Newcastle Under Lyme, Newmarket, North Kensington, North Walsham, Sheffield Hillsborough, Sheffield Woodhouse, Shettleston, St Annes, Wembley, West Derby.

 

Updated December 2017

2. Universal Credit (UC) roll-out 2017

Full Digital Service Areas

Universal Credit is being rolled out in full digital service areas.

Full digital service areas are gradually replacing live service areas. The live service areas will stop taking new claims for Universal Credit on 31 December 2017. Claimants already on Universal Credit in a live service area will continue to receive Universal Credit and will be transferred onto the full digital service when their area goes digital. 

The government expects the national roll-out of the full digital service to be completed by December 2018. The government plans to start transferring people who are still on existing benefits or tax credits onto Universal Credit from July 2019. They plan to complete this process by March 2022. 

Before April 2017

Before April 2017, anyone in a full digital service area who was working age could start a claim for Universal Credit. From April 2017 to December 2018, working age claimants can only start a claim for Universal Credit in a full digital area if there are less than three children in their family. 

This is a list of the jobcentre areas which are becoming full digital service areas for Universal Credit each month. 

February 2017

Corby, Newcastle East, Poplar, Southampton and Warrington

March 2017

City Tower, Dalkeith, Hinckley, Newcastle West and Penicuik

From April 2017 onwards

From April 2017 to December 2018, anyone in a full digital service area who is working age can start a claim for Universal Credit, as long as they don't have three or more children. Anyone with three or more children who is already on Universal Credit will stay on Universal Credit, rather than be transferred to other benefits or tax credits.

Below we list when a job centre starts to take claims under the full digital service.  Some job centres will phase in their full digital service, and won't be including all their postcodes immediately.  To find out if you live in a full digital service area enter your postcode on the Universal Credit Info website.

April 2017

Flint, Mold, Oldham,Shotton and Yeovil

May 2017

Bedford, Burnley, Chippenham, Dover, Ilkeston and Long Eaton

June 2017

Alloa, Brighouse, Halifax, Salisbury, Stirling, Todmorden and Weston-Super-Mare

July 2017

Altrincham, Barnsley, Bexhill, Chelmsley Wood, Cheshire East Crewe, Chester, Clevedon, Cwmbran, Devizes, Dingwall, Dudley, Eastleigh, Fort William, Goldthorpe, Halesowen, Harlow, Invergordon, Margate, Pontypool, Portree, Ramsgate, Solihull, Southend, Stourbridge, Stretford, Trowbridge, Wick, Wombwell, York Monkgate

September 2017

Universal Credit full service roll-out starts in Northern Ireland on 27 September in the Limavady Jobcentre area only. It will be gradually rolled out to other Northern Ireland Jobs and Benefits Offices from November 2017 onwards.

October 2017

Abingdon, Acton, Alexandra Park, Barnet, Barton, Beccles, Bedworth, Blandford, Bootle, Braintree, Bury St Edmunds, Cambuslang, Chorlton, Crosby, Cumnock, Didcot, Didsbury, Doncaster, East Kilbride, Eastbourne, Edgware, Finchley, Gateshead, Grantham, Grays, Hamilton, Haverhill, Hendon, Hove, Kilmarnock, Lanark, Longsight, Mexborough, Neath, Nuneaton, Oxford, Peterlee, Plymouth, Poole, Port Talbot, Redditch, Rusholme, Rutherglen, Scunthorpe, Seaham, Southall, Southport, Stamford, Stroud, Sudbury, Thorne, Witham, Wrexham

November 2017

Arbroath, Banbury, Basildon, Birkenhead, Birmingham Broad St, Birmingham City, Birmingham South West, Blaydon, Bournemouth, Brentwood, Brighton, Bromborough, Chesterfield, Cinderford, Cirencester, Coleford, Devonport, Dewsbury, Dundee, Enfield, Forfar, Hoylake, Huddersfield, Irvine, Kilbirnie, Lichfield, Montrose, Newport, Newton Heath, Openshaw, Peterborough, Saltcoats, Spen Valley, St Albans, Sutton Coldfield, Tamworth, Upton, Waltham Cross, Washwood Heath, Winsford, Witney, Yardley.  In Northern Ireland; Ballymoney

December 2017

Bilston, Bishop Auckland, Bude, Bridport, Cheltenham, Consett, Cowdenbeath, Crook, Cupar, Dunfermline, Ellesmere Port, Erdington, Glenrothes, Goreseinon, Grimsby, Handsworth, Hatfield, Immingham, Kings Heath, Kirkcaldy, Launceston, Leven, Liskeard, Mitcham, Morriston, Neston, Newbury, Northwich, Ormskirk, Perry Barr, Reading, Retford, Selly Oak, Sheerness, Sittingbourne, Skelmersdale, Sparkhill, St Andrews, Stanley, Stockwell, Streatham, Swansea, Tewkesbury, Watford, Weymouth, Wolverhampton Chapel Court, Wolverhampton Molineaux House, Worksop.  In Northern Ireland: Magherafelt and Coleraine.

 

Updated December 2017
 


 

3. Universal Credit (UC) roll-out 2016


Universal Credit is being introduced in stages.

Live Service Areas

Universal Credit was initially rolled out in some areas, but only for single jobseekers making new claims, and sometimes, also to some couples and families making new claims. These areas are now known as gateway areas or live service areas. Claimants in live service areas make a claim for Universal Credit through their local Jobcentre. Universal Credit was being made available in more live service areas until April 2016.

Full digital service areas are gradually replacing live service areas. Claimants on Universal Credit in a live service area will be transferred onto the full digital service when their area goes digital. 

Full Digital Service Areas

From March 2016 onwards, Universal Credit was rolled out in areas for anyone of working age making a new claim. The new areas are called full digital service areas. Claimants in full digital service areas make a claim for Universal Credit using the online system. 

The Universal Credit full digital service was piloted in a few areas in 2014 and 2015 (parts of Sutton, Croydon and South East London). Some more areas were added in March and April 2016. The national roll-out began in May 2016 with phase 1 in May - July 2016, and phase 2 in October - December 2016. 

February 2016

From 1 February single jobseekers can claim Universal Credit at the following jobcentres: Letchworth, Hertford, Stevenage, Loughton, Harlow, Rayleigh, Hanley, Longton, Guiseley, Morley, Pudsey, Seacroft, Leeds Eastgate, Leeds Southern House, Leeds Park Place.

From 8 February, single jobseekers can claim Universal Credit at the following jobcentres: Peckham, Brixton, Stockwell, Kennington Park, Streatham, Clapham Common, Lewisham, Forest Hill, Bexleyheath, Willenhall, Middlesbrough East, Middlesbrough, Aldershot, Alton, Bordon, Petersfield, Farnborough, Bilston, Wolverhampton, Chapel Court, Wolverhampton, Molineux House

From 22 February 2016, single jobseekers can claim Universal Credit at the following jobcentres: Luton, Biggleswade, Leighton Buzzard, Dunstable, Barry, Penarth, Jarrow, South Shields, Cramlington, Blyth, Bedlington, Ashington, Morpeth, Hexham, Alnwick, Berwick.

From 29 February 2016, single jobseekers can claim Universal Credit at the following jobcentres: Huntingdon, Ely, Cambridge, Woking, Weybridge, Staines, Camberley, Hull (Britannia House), Hull (Market Place)

March 2016

From 14 March 2016, single jobseekers can claim Universal Credit in: Tottenham, Wood Green, Kentish Town, Loftus, Guisborough, Redcar, Eston,Wisbech and Kings Lynn

From 21 March 2016, single jobseekers can claim Universal Credit in: Aberdare, Llantrisant, Mountain Ash, Pontypridd, Porth, Tonypandy and Treorchy

From 23 March 2016, any working age claimant can claim Universal Credit in the following full digital service areas: Musselburgh, and certain postcode areas in Croydon, Hounslow and Southwark (postcodes beginning: CR0 0; CR0 5 to CR0 9; CR9; SE17 to SE19; SE16 4 to SE16 7; SE25 5, and TW14 8).

From 28 March 2016, single jobseekers can claim Universal Credit in: Basingstoke, Fareham, Gosport, Cosham, Havant, Portsmouth, Dalston, Hackney and Hoxton

April 2016

From 11 April single jobseekers can claim Universal Credit in: Cowdenbeath, Cupar, Dunfermline, Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy, Leven and St Andrews.

From 18 April 2016, single jobseekers can claim Universal Credit in: Castleford, Hemsworth, Pontefract and Wakefield.

From 25 April 2016, single jobseekers can claim Universal Credit in: Arbroath, Blairgowrie, Forfar, Montrose and Perth.

From 27 April 2016, any working age claimant can claim Universal Credit in the following full digital service areas: Great Yarmouth, and the Purley and Thornton Heath areas of Croydon.

May 2016

From 25 May 2016, any working age claimant can claim Universal Credit in the following full digital service areas: Bath, Bridgewater, Lowestoft, Newcastle Cathedral Square, Rugby

June 2016

From 29 June 2016, any working age claimant can claim Universal Credit in the following full digital service areas: Hammersmith, Harrogate, Inverness, Richmond, Ryedale

July 2016

From 27 July 2016, any working age claimant can claim Universal Credit in the following full digital service areas: Frome, Lancaster, Morecombe, Runcorn, Wells, Widnes

October 2016

From October 2016, any working age claimant can claim Universal Credit in the following full digital service areas: Kennington Park, Minehead, Northallerton, Peckham, Skipton, Taunton

November 2016

From November 2016, any working age claimant can claim Universal Credit in the following full digital service areas: Daventry, Greenock, Kirkintilloch, Market Harborough, Melton Mowbray, Port Glasgow Workington, and Whitehaven

December 2016

From December 2016, any working age claimant can claim Universal Credit in the following full digital service areas: Hartlepool, Hastings, Fulham, Shepherds Bush, Stratford-upon-Avon and Swindon

 

Updated: May 2017

4. Universal Credit (UC) roll-out 2015

The introduction of Universal Credit is being phased in between 2013 and 2022.

See GOV.UK up to date list of Jobcentres where you can claim Universal Credit (link opens in a new window).

January 2015

From 26 January Universal Credit became available to job seekers with children in 26 more areas across the country (6 jobcentre areas began taking claims from families in November 2014). These areas are Ashton-Under-Lyne, Wigan, Oldham, Hyde, Stalybridge, Stretford, Altrincham, Southport, Crosby, Bootle, Preston, Leyland, Prestwich, Bury, Eccles, Worsley, Huyton, Kirkby, St Helens, Newton-le-Willows, Hammersmith, Bath, Rugby, Shotton, Harrogate and Inverness.

Early 2015

Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith has announced that Universal Credit will be rolled out to all Jobcentres and local authorities across the country from early 2015.

This marks a significant acceleration but will still only be for new claims from single jobseekers (though a handful of jobcentres started taking claims from couples during Summer 2014 and families during November 2014 and January 2015).

Update: Latest releases suggest that by Spring 2015 1 in 3 jobcentres will be taking claims for Universal Credit rather than all jobcentres.

The areas that will see the introduction of Universal Credit between February and July 2015 have been released. Click on the link below for details of the areas and the dates they 'go live'.

National expansion of Universal Credit: Tranche 1 and 2 (link opens in a new window)

May 2015

From 25 May, Universal Credit became available in Banff, Fraserburgh, Peterhead, Falkirk, Grangemouth, Stirling and Alloa.

June 2015

From 15 June 2015 Universal Credit became available at Jobcentres in: Blaydon, Gateshead, Felling, Bodmin, Truro and Penzance.

From 22 June 2015  Jobcentres  started offering Universal Credit in:
Paisley, Johnstone, Renfrew, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Arnold, Brownhills, Walsall Bayard House, Walsall Bridle Court, Waltham Cross, Newport

From 29 June 2015 Universal Credit launched  in:
Batley, Spen Valley, Dewsbury, Huddersfield, Scunthorpe, Barton-upon-Humber, Grimsby, Immingham, Bridgend, Maesteg, Pyle, Porthcawl, Poole, Blandford, Bournemouth,Winton, Gloucester

July 2015

From 14 July Universal Credit became available in14 more Jobcentres in London, Cornwall and Wales;
Ealing, Southall, Acton, Edmonton, Enfield, Palmers Green, Barking, Dagenham, Rhyl, Helston, Launceston, Liskeard, Newquay, Penryn and Falmouth

Click on the link below for further details of when other areas are due to 'go live'.
National expansion of Universal Credit: Tranche 1 and 2 (link opens in a new window)
 

Autumn 2015

The Department of Work and Pensions has announced that the next phased roll-out of Universal Credit to remaining Jobcentre areas and local authorities will take place from;

  • September – November 2015 (Tranche Three )

  • December 2015 – April 2016 (Tranche Four)

As with the previous introduction of Universal Credit to areas this latest roll out will only be for new claims from single people, who would otherwise have been eligible for Jobseeker’s Allowance, including those with existing Housing Benefit and Working Tax Credit claims.

Click on the link below for details of the latest areas and the dates they 'go live'.

National expansion of Universal Credit: Tranche 3 and 4 (link opens in a new window)

From 21 September, Universal Credit became available to new single claimants, applying for unemployment benefits, in 24 jobcentres from Durham to Wales, covering 12 local authority areas:

Abergavenny, Andover, Bishop Auckland, Borehamwood, Caldicot, Chepstow, Chester-le-Street, Consett, Crawley, Crook, Durham, Haywards Heath, Hemel Hempstead, Holyhead, Horsham, Llangefni, Merthyr Tydfil, Newton Aycliffe, Peterlee, Reading, Seaham, Spennymoor, Stanley, Winchester

Click on the link below for further details of when other areas are due to 'go live'.

See the Gov.UK information on the national expansion of Universal Credit

October 2015

From 5 October Universal Credit became available to new single claimants applying for unemployment benefits in 13 more jobcentres in Scotland, the Midlands and London, the jobcentres are :  

Cambuslang, East Kilbride, Hamilton,Lanark,Rutherglen,Worcester,Leamington Spa,Rushden,Newark,Mansfield Hill House,Harrow, Braintree,Witham


From 12 October Universal Credit became available in15 more jobcentres in Sussex, Scotland, Kent and the East Midlands for new single claimants applying for unemployment benefits, the jobcentres are;

Worthing, Littlehampton, Bognor Regis,Chichester,Tonbridge,Chatham,Ramsgate,Margate,Tunbridge Wells, Ayr, Girvan, Port Glasgow, Greenock,Kidderminster,Evesham

Click on the link below for further details of when other areas are due to 'go live'.

See the Gov.UK information on the national expansion of Universal Credit


From 26 October single jobseekers will be able to claim Universal Credit at the following jobcentres :

Atherstone, Bromsgrove, Caernarfon, Carmarthen, Malvern, Stafford, Swadlincote, Heanor, Alfreton, Belper, Abertillery, Ebbw Vale,Tredegar, Ammandford, Llanelli, Bangor, Dolgellau, Machynlleth, Porthmadog, Pwllheli, Brecon, Llandrindod Wells, Newton, Welshpool, Ystradgynlais
 

November 2015

From 2 November single jobseekers will be able to claim Universal Credit at the following jobcentres :

Bedminster, Beeston, Bishopsworth, Bristol Central, Dundee Wellgate, Hayes, Houghton-le-Spring, Kingston, Louth, Skegness, Southwick, Spalding, Sunderland, Twickenham, Uxbridge, Washington

From 9 November single jobseekers will be able to claim Universal Credit  at the following jobcentres:

Diss, North Kensington, St Marylebone, Westminster, Exeter, Barnsbury, Finsbury Park, Highgate, Scarborough, Whitby, Honiton, Selby, Haverfordwest, Milford Haven, Pembroke Dock,Tiverton, Aberystwyth, Cardigan, Barnstaple, Bideford, Newton Abbot, Totnes

See GOV.UK up to date list of Jobcentres where you can claim Universal Credit (link opens in a new window).

For further details of when other areas are due to 'go live' see the Gov.UK information on the national expansion of Universal Credit

From 16 November single jobseekers will be able to claim Universal Credit  at the following jobcentres:

Aberdeen Ebury House, Aylesbury, Bathgate, Broxburn, Buckie, Chesham, Elgin, Forres, High Wycombe, Ipswich , Ipswich ‘MyGo’ Hub, Livingston, Milton Keynes, Oldbury, Smethwick, Tipton, West Bromwich


From 23 November single jobseekers will be able to claim Universal Credit  at the following jobcentres:

Darlington, Killingworth, Whitley Bay, North Shields, Wallsend, Northampton, Matlock, Clay Cross, Staveley, Shirebrook, Bolsover,Watford

 

December 2015

From 7 December single jobseekers will be able to claim Universal Credit  at the following jobcentres:

Billingham, Cannock, Coventry Tile Hill, Coventry Cofa Court, Dinnington, Easton (Bristol), Horfield (Bristol), Hythe (Hampshire), Lymington, Maltby, Newport (Isle of Wight), Norwich, Ringwood, Rotherham, Ryde, Shirehampton (Bristol), Stockton ,Thornaby
 
From 14 December single jobseekers will be able to claim Universal Credit  at the following jobcentres:

Brighton, Hove, Kirkintilloch, Peterborough

 

 

5. Universal Credit (UC) roll-out 2014

March 2014

Between October 2013 and March 2014, Universal Credit expanded to six new Jobcentres:

  • Hammersmith
  • Rugby
  • Inverness
  • Harrogate
  • Bath
  • Shotton

From April 2014

The original roll-out schedule planned that there would be no new claims for the benefits replaced by Universal Credit from April 2014 - apart from pensioners, who would still claim Housing Benefit.

Iain Duncan Smith later said that there will be "significant volumes" of new claimants moving on to Universal Credit throughout 2014 but there will not be the full roll-out from April originally planned.

June / July 2014

During June and July the roll-out continued across more of the North West with single job seekers being able to make a claim for Universal Credit instead of claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in:

  • Altrincham
  • Hyde
  • Stalybridge
  • Stretford

Summer 2014 (couples)

The rollout expanded beyond the existing single claimant group for the first time to allow new claims from couples in the following areas:

  • Hammersmith
  • Bath
  • Rugby
  • Harrogate
  • Inverness

September 2014

From 15 September Universal Credit continued its roll out to jobcentres across the North West of England:

  • Heywood
  • Middleton
  • Ormskirk
  • Rochdale
  • Skelmersdale

There were more jobcentres rolling out each week so that by the end of 2014, 97 jobcentres were taking claims for Universal Credit.

November 2014 (families)

From 24 November 6 Jobcentres in the Northwest could take claims from families (couples or lone parents with children):

  • Birkenhead
  • Bromborough
  • Hoylake
  • Upton
  • Wallasey
  • Warrington

Anyone claiming Universal Credit as a family were entitled to Free School Meals for their children.

6. Universal Credit (UC) roll-out 2013

April 2013

From 29 April 2013, some newly unemployed people in Ashton-under-Lyne started to claim Universal Credit rather than Jobseeker's Allowance. To be able to claim Universal Credit you had to fit certain criteria as the Department for Work and Pensions was only taking 'simple' claims - you had to:

  • live in a specified postcode area but not be homeless, in supported or temporary accommodation, nor a homeowner
  • be single, with no dependent children, a British citizen and aged between 18 years and 60 years and 6 months (some jobcentres are now taking claims from couples)
  • be fit for work
  • not have received a payment of Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) that ended in the last 2 weeks, except where ESA ended due to a decision that you no longer have limited capability for work
  • not be pregnant nor have given birth within the last 15 weeks
  • not be receiving existing benefits or tax credits, nor awaiting a decision on a claim to them, nor be appealing against a decision not to award any of those
  • not be in receipt of Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment
  • have expected take home pay no higher than £270 per month (under 25s) or £330 per month (25 or over) and not have savings in excess of £6,000
  • not have any caring responsibilities
  • not be self-employed, in education nor have a person acting on your behalf over your claim, and
  • have a valid bank account and National Insurance Number.

July 2013

From 1 July 2013, the roll-out continued with single job seekers in Wigan being able to make a claim for Universal Credit instead of claiming Jobseeker's Allowance. From 29 July 2013 Universal Credit was rolled out to single job seekers in Oldham and Warrington as well.

October 2013 - March 2014

Starting from October 2013, Universal Credit expanded to six new Jobcentres by March 2014:

  • Hammersmith
  • Rugby
  • Inverness
  • Harrogate
  • Bath
  • Shotton