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Universal Credit to start in Northern Ireland in 2017

New Regulations on the introduction of Universal Credit, published on 6 June, complement Part 1 of the Welfare Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 2015 (S.I.2015/2006 (N.I. 1)

They make provision for the gradual introduction of Universal Credit and abolition of income-related Employment and Support Allowance and income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance.

They also amend other pieces of legislation on matters affected by the change such as Income Support and other related benefits, Child Support and housing renewal grants and provide that a person entitled to universal credit will be credited with a class 3 national insurance contribution.

See: SR.No236/2016

Government plans are that Universal Credit will be gradually phased in starting in 2017.

 For regular updates on welfare reform developments, visit our welfare reform news page.



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