Sleaford Jobcentre set to switch to providing new Universal Credit system

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From Monday, November 30, the Government’s new Universal Credit will become available in Sleaford as the national rollout of the new benefit to Jobcentres continues.

By Christmas, the new benefit will be in three-quarters of all jobcentres across the country, and recent figures show that over 141,000 people are now receiving it.

Single jobseekers in Sleaford will be able to claim the new benefit, which is predicted by the Government to boost national employment by 300,000.

The Jobcentre in Sleaford is the last in the county to switch to the Universal Credit facility, along with Gainsborough and Lincoln’s Orchard Street centre.

Universal Credit is designed to simplify the welfare system, incentivise jobseekers and help people to be better off in work.

Minister for Welfare Reform, Lord Freud said: “Universal Credit is a revolution in welfare – a system that, for the first time, supports people both in and out of work. Already people across the country are benefitting from this greater flexibility.

“Under Universal Credit we are helping to create a higher wage, lower tax, and lower welfare society, with people moving into jobs faster, and able to increase their earnings safe in the knowledge that they are better off in work.”

Universal Credit is designed to replace six existing benefits with one monthly payment, and for the first time, will combine in and out of work benefits. To help people find work quicker, work coaches and recruiters have teamed up to create the Daily Jobseeker – an online resource with tips and advice on how claimants can get into work.

The new system shifts focus away from the number of hours a person works to the amount they earn, removing the need to switch between benefits when working more than 16 hours a week.

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 is designed to save taxpayers over £1bn each year in reduced fraud, error and overpayments.