So the Government's made a few changes to their plans to roll out Universal Credit in Herefordshire, mainly it's been delayed until June 2018.
Before June though, they'll be a change to the way single people looking for work clam claim benefits. For a while now it's been Universal Credit, but from January 1st it's back to the old system of Job Seekers Allowance (until June when it'll be Universal Credit).
When the full service starts the following will also happen;
- The 7 waiting days for new claimants have been stopped. Claim will start from the date they're made.
- Claimants can request an advance payment of up to 100% of their expected award (repayable over 12 months).
- Claimant's in receipt of Housing Benefit and transferred onto UC will continue to receive Housing Benefit for the first 2 weeks of their UC claim. This will not need to be repaid.
- Claimants already in receipt of UC or who have an active UC claim (i.e. are waiting for their 1st payment or have received a payment in the last 6 months) will remain on UC.
- Anyone trying to make a new claim before June 2018 will need to claim a ‘legacy benefit’ such as Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support and Housing Benefit.
Sky News covered the story, you can read more here
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