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    People will now be able to check if they are eligible for the new Universal Credit benefits through using the red button on cable and satellite TV’s or by using their Nintendo Wii consoles.

    The Department for Work and Pensions have said that they hope these measures will help reach the seven million people who do not have access to the internet, reports the BBC. Remote Control

    Universal Credit merges six benefits into one, and the plan is for most claimants to be moved on to it by the end of 2017.

    Information on the Universal Credit scheme can already be accessed by some digital TV viewers by pressing the red button on their remote controls.

    Lord Freud, the Welfare Reform Minister, has said: “As we continue with the rollout of Universal Credit, increasing numbers of people will need to know how it affects them and how to prepare. Working with Looking Local, we have ensured as many tools as possible exist for people to find out everything they need to know about the easier-to-understand and more flexible benefit that is Universal Credit. We are also making sure Universal Credit is an opportunity for people to build online skills, so they can look for work and benefit from what the online world offers for 21st century life.”

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    January 15, 2014 by Laura Matthews Categories: Universal Credit

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