On the 10th of July 2013 Iain Duncan Smith, MP submitted a written statement regarding ability to move to the next stage of the Universal Credit scheme.
The roll-out will begin in October of this year, but only to six jobcentres rather than a national scheme. Secretary of state for work and pensions Iain Duncan Smith (IDS) has put this down to IT needing to be vetted to ensure that security, flexibility, and responsiveness was up to the task.
A total of 6,000 new computers will be installed across the country, with 20,000 Jobcentre Plus advisers being retrained to deliver quality service to users.
To ensure that the system rolls-out in a truly national sense, six regional jobcentres have been selected – those being: Bath, Hammersmith, Inverness, Rugby, and Shotton – giving Universal Credit a ‘man on the ground’ perspective in England, Scotland and Wales.
The Universal Credit Regulations 2013 provide an overall benefit cap within Universal Credit (UC). UC will be phased in between October 2013 and 2017.
- Read Iain Duncan Smith’s submission in full on the House of Commons website
- Read the parliamentary note on the ‘Household Benefit Cap’ (2012)
- Bill Irvine, housing benefit expert, provides his analysis on the recent success of the Benefit Cap scheme
- The DWP has published a Benefit Cap factsheet and an online benefit cap calculator