New benefits system of Universal Credit comes to Ely.
PUBLISHED: 18:07 23 February 2016
The Government's Universal Credit system is coming to Ely Jobcentre as part of massive welfare reforms.
Ely joins eight other job centres being added to the scheme and will be live from Monday 29.
Universal Credit is now in three-quarters of all job centres across the country, and recent figures show that more than a quarter of a million people have made a claim.
There are almost 6,000 new claims every week.
Universal Credit replaces six existing benefits with one monthly payment.
It is a system that is designed to ensure work pays, and sweeps away the complexities, traps, and confusions of the previous system.
It also supports people who have a job to progress in work and increase their earnings.
Minister for Welfare Reform, Lord Freud said: “By making work pay for each and every hour, Universal Credit encourages claimants to increase their earnings.
“The vast majority of Universal Credit claimants who are in work are actively looking for ways to increase their hours and income.
“In this way, Universal Credit is delivering on our commitment to move to a higher wage, lower tax, and lower welfare society, where everyone has the support and opportunity to get on in life.”
It is designed to boost national employment by 300,000 with the latest figures showing that for every 100 people who find work under the old JSA system, 113 UC claimants will have moved into a job.
Already a third of those claiming the new benefit are employed and is designed to make around three million of Britain’s households better off.
With access to HMRC’s real time earnings data, benefit payments can now be calculated exactly, and adjusted automatically to eliminate overpayments and ensure people receive the correct level of support both in and out of work.
Once fully rolled out, Universal Credit, alongside HMRC’s real time earnings data, will save taxpayers over £1bn each year in reduced fraud, error and overpayments.