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Universal credit to continue 'rapid expansion' across North West - locations revealed

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Central Government and also in Housing, Local Government, Universal Credit

Universal credit to continue 'rapid expansion' across North West - locations revealed Universal credit to continue 'rapid expansion' across North West - locations revealed

Universal credit is to expand rapidly throughout the rest of 2014, the Department for Work and Pensions has announced.

The much trumpeted new system of benefits will continue its roll across the north west of England from Monday when four more Jobcentres will offer the service in Hyde, Stalybridge, Stretford and Altrincham.

The next areas to follow will be: Southport, Crosby, Bootle, Bolton (Great Moor Street), Bolton (Blackhorse Street), Farnworth, Birkenhead, Bromborough, Hoylake, Upton, Wallasey, Preston, Leyland, Prestwich, Bury, Eccles, Worsley, Huyton, Kirkby, St Helens, Newton-le-Willows, Chester, Congleton, Crewe and Wilmslow.

By the end of the year, universal credit will be operational in every Jobcentre in the north west and 90 in total across Britain.

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith continues to extol the virtues of the new benefits system, despite well documented problems and delays.

He said: "Universal credit is already changing lives: we are seeing claimants spending more time looking for jobs and moving smoothly into employment safe in the knowledge that it will always pay more to be in work. This gives them security and hope for their children.

"The continued rollout of the universal credit means more people will benefit from this transformation of the welfare state

"By simplifying the mess of benefits and tax credits we inherited, and by improving work incentives, we are ending the something-for-nothing culture and creating a system that is fair for those who seek to work and fair to the taxpayer."

The latest figures up until March, 2014 showed 6,550 people had claimed universal credit. Of these, consistently more than 90% are making their claim online.

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