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Southwark residents to trial the Universal Credit Digital pilot scheme.

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Eligible claimants who live in the Southwark SE1 5xx postcode and attend the London Bridge Job Centre will automatically be enrolled in the Universal Credit Digital pilot scheme.

Universal Credit rolls together certain benefits such as jobseeker’s allowance, child tax credit and housing benefit into one single monthly payment into your bank account.

The digital version supports a wider range of applicants and will be introduced in stages across the UK.

Elibility for the scheme

You will be enrolled onto the Universal Credit Digital pilot scheme if you:

  • Make a new claim for welfare benefits
  • Move from Job Seeker’s Allowance or Income Support to Working Tax Credits
  • Move from working more than 16 hours to working less than 16 hours
  • Move from Job Seeker’s allowance or Income Support to Employment Support Allowance
  • Move from Employment Support Allowance to Job Seeker’s Allowance or Income Support
  • Move from Employment Support Allowance to working more than 16 hours
  • Move from in-work reduced hours on Working Tax Credit to Employment Support Allowance
  • Move from permitted work to permanent work or increase hours to above 16

 You will also be enrolled if there’s a change in your family circumstances:

  • Your household becomes responsible for a child for the first time
  • You change address and make a new claim for Housing Benefit
  • You are an out of work lone parent who becomes a couple parent
  • You are an out of work couple parent with a child under five who becomes a lone parent
  • A partner leaves/joins your household
  • You are within 11 weeks of giving birth
  • You are an out of work lone parent whose child reaches the age of five and you transfer from Income Support to Job Seekers allowance
  • You take on full time caring responsibilities and make a new claim for Income Support
  • You are no longer a full time carer

Find out more

Contact our Welfare Benefits team for further information