New benefits scheme could cause ‘confusion and hardship’

Thursday, 28 September 2017

New benefits scheme could cause ‘confusion and hardship’ thumbnailLimavady Jobs and Benefits Office.

ORGANISATIONS in Limavady are upping their support facilities in anticipation of the first Universal Credit introduction which is expected to "cause confusion and hardship." Limavady will be the first area to have Universal Credit introduced in Northern Ireland this week (Wednesday, September 27) and some may see this as the guinea pig area, to iron-out any teething problems that may be caused.
Universal Credit replaces six existing benefits with one and will be online based. It is for people aged 18 to State Pension age and aims to remove many of the barriers to work which exist in the current welfare system.
Universal Credit will replace the current existing benefits Jobseeker's Allowance (income-based), Employment and Support Allowance (income-related), Income Support, Child Tax Credits, Working Tax Credits, and Housing Benefit (rental).


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