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Universal Credit in Belfast?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in N. Ireland
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in N. Ireland
I read on the NI Direct website that:

"Universal Credit is being introduced in Northern Ireland on a phased geographical basis."

Would anyone happen to know if this is currently available in Belfast?

Thanks.

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  • donnac2558donnac2558 Forumite
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    Yes, it has been rolling out all around Belfast since last year or even the year before district by district. They had big billboards up and notices on public transport telling you about it.

    The last one I spotted was for the Shaftesbury area from October 2018, I am in south Belfast and a neighbour has been receiving it since last year.
  • DE5T1NYDE5T1NY Forumite
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    Try googling this "Full rollout of Universal Credit benefit delayed in Northern Ireland until 2020"

    The benefit was introduced in Northern Ireland in September 2017 for new benefit claimants. But the report is dated "January 12 2019" so I think it means if you have been receiving benefits before that date you don't need to change over (think the delayed part above gives a hint) but if you make a new/fresh or update you claim you might have to go on the UC system. Best see your local MP :( or local advice center for better advice. Again try "belfast advice centers" to advance your search

    Good health and luck
  • Tansy_1980Tansy_1980 Forumite
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    Yup - all new claims for benefits from people of working age are made to Universal Credit (unless that person gets a Severe Disability Premium as part of existing benefits). So if, for example, an existing JSA claimant decides to move out into his/her own home, that person cannot apply for Housing Benefit and must instead make a new claim for UC. The JSA claim will end and entitlement to support with housing and living costs will instead be worked out under UC rules.

    If you are currently claiming benefits, you can be moved or "migrated" to Universal Credit and off your existing benefits and tax credits if you have a relevant change in circumstances (such as starting or leaving work, moving in with or splitting up with a partner etc).

    "Managed" migration of claimants, where the government moves people over to the new system even though there has been no relevant change in the person's circumstances was supposed to start this year, but has now been delayed. The process should start in 2020 and should complete by 2023.

    More information here: https://www.housingadviceni.org/universal-credit and here: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/universal-credit
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