Tomorrow marks another important milestone in our countdown to Universal Credit (UC), with 100 days remaining before its roll out commences in Wakefield.
The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) announced in July that Wakefield would go live with UC from 18th April 2016.
UC is a new benefit that will replace six working age benefits with a single monthly payment, similar to a monthly working wage. The six benefits being replaced are:
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Income Support (IS)
- Child Tax Credits (CTC)
- Working Tax Credits (WTC)
- Housing Benefit (HB)
People of pension age will not currently be affected. After new claims have been introduced for singles, couples and families across the country, existing benefit claims will then be migrated over to Universal Credit around 2018. Universal Credit will be paid directly to one member of the household into a bank, Building Society or credit union account once per month, in arrears.
To help tenants prepare for the new benefit, we are today launching a dedicated Universal Credit page on our website. For more information about who Universal Credit may affect and what support is available, visit our new page.