The Department for Work and Pensions have announced that Universal Credit will be rolled out across several local authorities in the North West.
In a press release issued this week, the Department stated that “from June more jobcentres across the North West of England will gradually come online each week until the whole region is covered. In total 90 jobcentres, or 1 in 8 jobcentres in Britain, will offer the full universal credit once the North West expansion is completed”.
It has now been confirmed that Universal Credit will go live in the following local authorities from June 2014:
Salford City Council; Wirral Borough Council; Preston City Council; St Helens Borough Council; Cheshire East Council; Cheshire West and Chester Council; Trafford Borough Council; Bolton Borough Council; Bury Borough Council; South Ribble Borough Council; Sefton Borough Council; and Knowsley Borough Council.
Once again, the North West will be the guinea pigs in the ongoing welfare reforms.
If you are unhappy with a decision made regarding Universal Credit, our specialist welfare team may be able to assist under our pro bono scheme. You can contact us on 01616 966 229.