Revamped benefits scheme to reach Harrogate

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The Universal Credit scheme, introduced in April as a means by which to simplify the benefits system, will be offered at Harrogate Jobcentre from October.

The next stage of the roll-out was laid out this week.

The scheme is a new single payment for people looking for work or earning a low income.

A government statement read: “Universal Credit is one of the most fundamental reforms to the welfare system since 1943, and will roll six benefits and tax credits into one to simplify the system and ensure people are better off in work.

“It is currently being tested in two areas of the North-West, with another two starting later this month.”

It continued: “Another six Jobcentres will begin to take new claims to the benefit on a roll out programme from October, continuing the safe and well tested approach to reform delivery.”

Universal Credit replaces income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Child Tax Credits, Working Tax Credits and Housing Benefit.