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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Universal Credit and also in Central Government, Communities, Local Government

Islington selected for universal credit trial Islington selected for universal credit trial

The London Borough of Islington has been selected to trial a new support system for residents accessing welfare and jobs online, to follow next year's introduction of universal credit.

The borough is one of only three in London, and just 11 nationally, to be chosen for the Local Support Services Framework (LSSF) trial.

The trial will cover personalised, one-to-one employment support for parents, long-term unemployed and those with other significant challenges to get into work from a multi-agency, and 'place-based support' - a programme with claimants on Islington's Bemerton Estate, which will include realistic and supported pathways into work.

Cllr Richard Watts, leader of Islington Council, said: "Islington has just stepped up a gear on tackling unemployment. The LSSF announcement signifies a new way of providing employment support services that's led locally by the council in partnership with all the agencies tasked with helping residents into work.

"We have high unemployment in the borough but also lots of jobs on our doorstep - we're committed to bridging this gap effectively, so that families can have a more sustainable long term future in Islington."

LSSF support will also try to help with personal budgeting and IT training to access applications and services online.

The 11 nationwide trials were announced by welfare reform minister Lord Freud yesterday.

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