The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed today that Universal Credit will start early in the Manchester and Cheshire areas.
These will be introduced from the end of April, before being progressively rolled out nationally from October.
Ashton-under-Lyne will be the first Jobcentre to accept claims for Universal Credit from 29 April. Wigan, Warrington and Oldham jobcentres will first trial the new claimant commitment and will take claims for Universal Credit beginning in July, informed by the early testing in Ashton-under-Lyne.
This controlled approach will mean that Jobcentres intensively test the new system as it rolls out – ensuring that claimants are protected throughout.
Each of the four job centres involved in the early roll-out will be testing a range of activities to prepare for Universal Credit from April including:
trialling the new claimant commitment
ensuring all new JSA and UC claimants are automatically signed on to Universal Jobmatch
introducing a new fortnightly job search trial to make sure people are meeting the terms of their claimant commitment
and installing more internet access points to help people make their claims.
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