Universal Credit (UC) roll-out 2014
Between October 2013 and March 2014, Universal Credit expanded to six new Jobcentres:
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:
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:
From 15 September Universal Credit continued its roll out to jobcentres across the North West of England:
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):
Anyone claiming Universal Credit as a family were entitled to Free School Meals for their children.