Currently people living in Birmingham and Coventry are expected to claim Universal Credit if they met the Gateway conditions. This means that a relatively small number of people are claiming Universal Credit. However this is set to change from November 2017 onwards.
The next stage of introducing Universal Credit is called full service and means that any person making a new claim for :
- Income Support,
- Income Based Job Seeker’s Allowance,
- Income Related Employment and Support Allowance,
- Housing Benefit
- Child Tax Credit or
- Working Tax Credit
will instead be invited to make a claim for Universal Credit.
Some changes in circumstance for people on the old benefits system can also mean that they have to claim Universal Credit instead.
The dates when these changes come into effect are:
Birmingham Broad St JCP
Birmingham City JCP
Birmingham South West JCP
Sutton Coldfield JCP
Washwood Heath JCP
Perry Barr JCP
Selly Oak JCP
Coventry Cofa Court JCP
Coventry Tile Hill JCP