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Universal Credit roll out dates confirmed

Universal Credit will be introduced to Northern Ireland on a phased basis, beginning on 27 September 2017 according to a statement released by Minister for Communities Paul Givan.

Universal Credit will be the new benefit for working age people that will replace income-related Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and Housing Benefit for rent.  The introduction of this benefit is the single biggest change to the welfare system for working age people for 70 years.

How will Universal Credit be introduced to Northern Ireland?

Mr Givan’s statement explained that the transition to Universal Credit will start with a number of smaller offices, with Limavady selected as the first office to start delivering the new benefit. Ballymoney, Magherafelt and Coleraine offices will all follow suit before the end of 2017, but the majority of offices will not start delivering Universal Credit until 2018.  The Minister for Communities presented the Assembly with a schedule for implementation across Northern Ireland.

Week beginning

             Front Office Name

 
 

27/09/2017

Limavady

 

15/11/2017

Ballymoney

 

13/12/2017

Magherafelt and Coleraine

 

17/01/2018

Strabane and Lisnagelvin

 

07/02/2018

Foyle and Armagh

 

21/02/2018

Omagh and Enniskillen

 

07/03/2018

Dungannon and Portadown

 

18/04/2018

Banbridge and Lurgan

 

02/05/2018

Kilkeel, Downpatrick and Newry

 

16/05/2018

Bangor, N’ards and Holywood Road

 

30/05/2018

Knockbreda, N’abbey and Shankill

 

13/06/2018

Corp St, Falls and A’town

 

27/06/2018

Shaftesbury Sq, Lisburn and Larne

 

04/07/2018

Carrick, Antrim and Ballymena

 

Jul – Sep 18

Cookstown (2), Ballynahinch and Newcastle

 

Mr Givan referred to the schedule as  challenging but achievable and committed to  updating the Assembly when further details are finalised in relation to future phases of Universal Credit implementation. 

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Benefits, Welfare Reform, NI Assembly