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All Scottish jobcentres now offer Universal Credit

Last 5 offices in Scotland switch over to offer the new service.

Universal Credit: opening up work

Today Arbroath, Blairgowrie, Forfar, Montrose and Perth join the rest of Scotland’s jobcentres in offering Universal Credit to single jobseekers.

Nearly 25,000 Scots are claiming Universal Credit and over 9,000 of those are in work.

Universal Credit is designed to ensure people will be better off in work and the latest statistics show that people claiming it are finding work faster and earning more.

Those on Universal Credit are significantly more likely to find employment than those on Jobseeker’s Allowance and for the first time ever, support is being offered to claimants to progress in their careers and increase their earnings.

Today, single jobseekers will be able to claim Universal Credit in:

  • Arbroath
  • Blairgowrie
  • Forfar
  • Montrose
  • Perth

Are you ready to claim Universal Credit? It’s the new benefit that makes it easier to take up a wider range of jobs and get back to work quickly.

Universal Credit helps you into work

Universal Credit will eventually replace 6 existing benefits:

  • Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credits
  • Housing Benefit

See the list of jobcentre areas where you can claim Universal Credit.

Published 25 April 2016
Last updated 25 April 2016 + show all updates
  1. Claified paragraph about the number of Scots on Universal Credit who are in work.
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