Universal Credit Update
Members are starting to see single claimants with no children and on Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) who have been transferred to Universal Credit (UC). There are 620 in Portsmouth, 478 have no income, 141 are in work but receive top up benefits.
At least one has even managed to get direct to landlord rent payments for two tenants. As Portsmouth is at the end of the phasing in process, they do not expect to see other categories on UC before the end of 2017, perhaps not until mid 2018. Southampton move onto the next stage of rollout in March 2017. A few families moving into the area may come with Universal Credit.