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Universal Credit - The Next Steps

In a statement today, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith MP has outlined the next stage of the roll-out for Universal Credit.

Starting from October, the national roll-out will be comprised of three strands:

  • Train 20,000 Jobcentre Plus advisers to deliver the claimant commitment and enhanced jobsearch support nationally.  Ten in-work conditionality pilots will test how best to encourage claimants to progress in work.
  • Improved access to digital services with 6,000 new computers installed across the country, embedding digital technology and ensuring that jobseekers become used to online transactions.
  • Establish six hub Jobcentres – Hammersmith, Rugby, Inverness, Harrogate, Bath, Shotton – to take new claims to the benefit. 

The Minister states that the IT system has been shown to work.  DWP is working with the new Government Digital Service to explore the possibility of enhancing the IT to ensure the system is as secure, flexible and responsive as possible. 

The Claimant Commitment will roll out to all jobcentres from October 2013. 

The Government priority is to deliver Universal Credit safely and securely over a four year period to 2017.  Further details of development will be released in the Autumn. 

10 July 2013

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