The current position in Derby (updated 17 January 2018)
Universal Credit was rolled out for new, single claimants only, as of Monday 25 January 2016.
There will be no further new Universal Credit claims for new, single claimamts (as of 31 December 2017). Anyone making a new claim will remain on legacy benefits until Derby's Job Centre moves to a full, digital service in July 2018.
Anyone already on Universal Credit will remain on it.
Next key date: July 2018
Derby's Job Centre will be moving over to the full digital service in July 2018. New claims for both single claimants and families will transfer to Universal Credit from July 2018.
What can you do to prepare?
There are two main things you can do to prepare for Universal Credit.
Get Online– Universal Credit is designed to be claimed online. Your claim starts on the day that you submit it to DWP. If you do not have access to the internet, job centres have computers you can use. If you are not confident using a computer, the job centre can tell you about local services that can help you.
Sort out a budget– As Universal Credit will be paid in one single payment, you will need to budget. TheUniversal Credit Personal Plannercan help you prepare for the changes that the new service brings.
Universal Credit payments will be made directly to you each month. This means that instead of Housing Benefit being paid direct to us (DDH), it will be paid directly to you as part of your Universal Credit payment. You are then responsible for paying us for your rent. Find out more about our rentpayments methodsincluding setting up aDirect Debit.