90 per cent of job centres offering Universal Credit

The Department for Work and Pensions has announced that 90 per cent of job centres will offer the benefit of Universal Credit, helping people to work faster and earn more.

Official figures suggest that over 364,000 people have made a claim to Universal Credit, with over 10,500 new claims being made each week. The latest statistics have also found that the system means more people on Universal Credit are finding work faster and earning at a greater capacity, compared to those on the Jobseeker’s Allowance.

Universal Credit is expected to eventually replace the six existing benefits, including: Jobseeker’s Allowance; Income Support; Employment and Support Allowance; Working Tax Credit; Child Tax Credits; and Housing Benefit.