A Wii bit of universal credit: games console players get welfare interface
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Universal Credit and also in Central Government
The Department for Work and Pensions has released an interface that allows people to find out information about the troubled universal credit (UC) system on their Nintendo Wii games consoles.
In a move to provide information on its flagship shake-up of the benefit system to people without internet access, the DWP has also made UC information available via the 'red button' on TV remote controls.
UC has been besieged by problems in the last year, including a multi-million pound IT debacle. Elements of the new system have been pushed beyond their planned introduction of 2017 because of a series of hiccups.
Wii users and red button pushers will also be able to look for work through the new systems.
Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Freud said: "As we continue with the rollout of universal credit, increasing numbers of people will need to know how it affects them and how to prepare.
"Working with Looking Local, we have ensured as many tools as possible exist for people to find out everything they need to know about the easier to understand and more flexible benefit that is Universal Credit.
"We are also making sure universal credit is an opportunity for people to build online skills, so they can look for work and benefit from what the online world offers for 21st century life."
The DWP has also released a smartphone app, My Council, that users can consult for UC details. Information can also be accessed through Facebook.
The government says that the introduction of UC will also see 6,000 new computers installed in jobcentres across the country for claimants to look and apply for jobs online.