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Universal Credit available across Essex in latest rollout

Fifteen more jobcentres now offer Universal Credit, with nearly 600 offices live nationwide.


Universal Credit is now available in almost 600 jobcentres across the country as Essex becomes the latest county to complete the rollout of the new benefit to single jobseekers.

Well over a quarter of a million people have now made a claim to Universal Credit with the latest figures showing almost 6,800 new claims are made every week.

The new system is designed to ensure people will always be better off in work and the latest statistics prove that people are finding work faster and earning more.

People claiming Universal Credit are significantly more likely to move find employment than those on Jobseeker’s Allowance and for the first time ever, we are supporting claimants to earn more and progress in their careers.

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

  • Letchworth
  • Hertford
  • Stevenage
  • Loughton
  • Harlow
  • Rayleigh
  • Hanley
  • Longton
  • Guiseley
  • Morley
  • Pudsey
  • Seacroft
  • Leeds Eastgate
  • Leeds Southern House
  • Leeds Park Place

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. How Universal Credit can help 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 1 February 2016