When is Universal Credit being Introduced?
Universal Credit has been introduced gradually across the country and in stages according to people’s circumstances, although Universal Credit is avaialable in the Neath Port Talbot area some will not be affected until 2023.
The government’s current plan is that existing benefit claimants will be moved over to Universal Credit from 2020 onwards. A small number will start to be moved from July 2019 but the main 'managed migration' will take place from 2020 onwards and is currently due to be completed by December 2023.
On October 4th 2017 Universal Credit was introduced in the Neath Port Talbot area and you are likely to need to make a claim Universal Credit if:
- You need to make a claim for help with your Housing Costs or
- You move into the borough or
- Your work has ended or
- You have just left school, college or university and don’t have a job that will start immediately, or
- You have been claiming Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) but have been found fit for work so that your ESA award has been terminated or
- You have had problems with your Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) which mean that your ESA award has been terminated or
- You have had problems with your Jobseekers Allowance meaning that it has been terminated (not just “sanctioned”) or
- You have separated from your partner / spouse or
- You have stopped being a carer for a disabled person
- You are a lone parent on Income Support, living in an area where families can claim Universal Credit, and your youngest child has turned 5.