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Major expansion of Universal Credit throughout May

Thursday 10th May 2018

Yesterday saw the roll -out of Universal Credit to a further 9 nine jobcentres. These are the latest in a major expansion of the Universal Credit full service during May.

During this month the Universal Credit full service is being extended to a further 47 jobcentres across different parts of the UK. The affected jobcentres are:

From 2 May

Killingworth, North Shields and Wallsend in North Tyneside

From 9 May

  • Bridgnorth, Market Drayton, Owestry, Shrewsbury and Whitchurch in Shropshire
  • Diss in Norfolk
  • Newark
  • Rushden in Northamptonshire
  • Stowmarket in Suffolk

From 16 May

  • Annan, Dumfries, Stranraer, Bathgate and Livingstone in Scotland
  • Barnet, Hendon, Edmonton and Walthamstowe in London
  • Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale
  • Newry and Downpatrick in Northern Ireland
  • Huyton and Kirkby

From 23 May

  • Basingstoke
  • Bracknell and Wokingham
  • Bodmin, Newquay, St Austell and Truro in Cornwall
  • Maidenhead

From 30 May

  • Chatham
  • Folkestone
  • Gravesend
  • Jarrow and South Shields in South Tyneside
  • Lurgan, Newcastle and Kilkeel in Northern Ireland
  • Scarborough and Whitby
  • Selby

Need help understanding Universal Credit?

Visit our Universal Credit webpage for more information about Universal Credit and who is expected to claim it.

You can also download our Universal Credit - the essentials factsheet [PDF] or our factsheet on how Universal Credit affects families with disabled children [PDF].

If you are affected by any of these issues and need advice, get in touch with our helpline.

We're campaigning to improve Universal Credit

Contact is currently campaigning for three changes to Universal Credit rules, which are unfair to families with disabled children:

  • Reverse cuts to the lower disabled child element under Universal Credit, which will see 100,000 families with disabled children worse off by £1,750 each year.
  • Remove rules that mean Universal Credit is stopped when a disabled child is in hospital for six months.
  • Remove rules that mean Universal Credit is stopped when a disabled child lives away from home such as in residential school.

We need your help to campaign for these changes!

More than 4,000 people have signed our petition to the prime minister. Join them and help us stop cuts to payments for disabled children under Universal Credit, by signing our petition today.

Affected by Universal Credit cuts?

We are keen to gather experiences of anyone who has been moved onto Universal Credit and experienced a cut to their payments because of the above reasons.

If you have been affected and would be willing to share your story, we would love to hear from you. Please email us at press@contact.org.uk