The Government has confirmed that all the job centres in Scotland now offer universal credit. The final job centres to convert to offering the new benefit are:
The single benefit is designed to replace the following benefits:
– Jobseeker’s Allowance
– Income Support
– Employment and Support Allowance
– Working Tax Credit
– Child Tax Credits
– Housing Benefit
Eilidh Whiteford, the SNP spokesperson on work and pensions said in February:
“On the face of it Universal Credit sounds like it should work: a smooth, streamlined system to assist low income families. But just under the surface lurks many fractures and failings from set-backs and secrecy to hundreds of millions of pounds of taxpayer’s money written off on IT changes”.
Stephen Crabb, the new Work and Pensions Secretary who replaced Iain Duncan Smith, confirmed that he is committed to the universal credit benefit.