Search

Universal Credit to replace existing benefits in Newham

18:40 11 February 2016

Havering residents who receive benefits will see changes to their payments from today (Credit: PA/Jon Giddens)

Havering residents who receive benefits will see changes to their payments from today (Credit: PA/Jon Giddens)

PA/Press Association Images

Universal Credit will merge existing benefits and tax credits into one single payment from Monday.

Newham residents who receive jobseeker’s allowance, income support, employment and support allowance, child tax credit, working tax credit and housing benefit will be moved onto the means-tested payment system in gradual phases.

Claimants of Jobseeker’s Allowance, the first benefit to be affected, will be contacted by Jobcentre Plus informing them what they will need to do.

The borough is the latest in a long line of councils implementing the measure first introduced by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith in October 2013.

Universal Credit is the biggest shake-up of the welfare system since its introduction in the 1940s.

Cuts to people’s incomes, implementation delays and IT glitches have been a few of the criticisms by vocal opponents of the new credit scheme to date.

However, the Department for Work and Pensions insists that Universal Credit has simplied the system, reducing the amount of fraud and resulting in savings for the taxpayer.

The single-payment benefit will be paid monthly into people’s bank accounts and includes money for basic living costs and rent so housing benefit will no longer be included.

It may take several weeks for recipients to receive their first Universal Credit payment.

However, advance payments for individuals struggling to pay their rent during this period will be available from Jobcentre Plus.

For further information, click here or call the Universal Credit helpline on 0345 600 0723.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Newham Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Newham Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Newham Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Newham News Stories

10:42

An independent tribunal has backed a driver who said a traffic warden tampered with a parking restriction notice near his car.

Newham Council
Yesterday, 18:39

A 24-hour Tube strike scheduled to hit the Hammersmith and City line tomorrow has been called off.

Yesterday, 15:20

Sir Robin Wales has been re-selected as the Labour candidate for the Mayor of Newham 2018 election process.

Yesterday, 13:14

A Muslim convert who knocked a schoolboy unconscious for cuddling his girlfriend has been jailed for 28 months.

Southwark Crown Court

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

Read more

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Read more

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now