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Introduction of Universal Credit

Iain Duncan Smith has given an update on the timetable for the introduction of Universal Credit which will see nearly twelve million working age benefit claimants migrate onto the new benefits system by 2017.

Apparently 30% of the new technology required to delivery UC is complete and DWP are already testing processes.  Worryingly David Freud stressed that Ministers are clear that Universal Credit does not require a major new IT system.  He will be presenting progress with the IT system to the House of Lords on Thursday.

The timetable for implementation is:

October 2013 to April 2014 

  • New JSA, ESA, Housing Benefit, Working & Child Tax Credit claimants will receive UC instead.
  • Existing claimants whose circumstances change significantly eg start work, have children, will move on to UC.

From April 2014

  • Transfer of 3.5 million existing claimants to UC, with priority given to households who will benefit most.

End 2015 to End 2017

  • A further 3 million households transferred to UC by local authority boundary. 


1 November 2011

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