A new benefit system will be available in Harrow as the national roll-out of Universal Credit reaches 10 more local authorities on Monday (October 5).
Universal Credit will be in three-quarters of all jobcentres across the country by Christmas, and recent figures show that over 110,000 people are now receiving it according to the Department for Work and Pensions.
New single jobseekers in Harrow will be able to claim Universal Credit from Monday.
Universal Credit reportedly simplifies the welfare system, helping people to be better off in work.
The latest research shows that Universal Credit claimants spend more time looking for work, move into work quicker and stay in jobs for longer compared to those on Jobseeker’s Allowance.
Minister for Welfare Reform, Lord Freud said: “Universal Credit is a revolution in welfare – a system that, for the first time, supports people both in and out of work. Already people across the country are benefiting from this greater flexibility.
“Under Universal Credit we are helping to create a higher wage, lower tax, and lower welfare society, with people moving into jobs faster, and able to increase their earnings safe in the knowledge that they are better off in work.”
Universal Credit is designed to replace six existing benefits with one monthly payment, and for the first time, will combine in and out of work benefits.
The new system shifts focus away from the number of hours a person works to the amount they earn, ending the 16 hour rule.
The Department for Work and Pensions claim that Universal Credit will save taxpayers over £2.6bn each year in reduced fraud and error.
With access to HMRC’s real time earnings data, benefit payments can now be calculated exactly, and adjusted automatically to eliminate overpayments and ensure people receive the correct level of support both in and out of work.