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Labour leader visits County Durham to meet people affected by Universal Credit

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in Consett. Credit: ITV News

Labour leader, Jeremy has been in Consett to meet people affected by the rollout of Universal Credit.

The new way of claiming benefits, replaces six separate payments, by combining them into one single monthly payment.

Universal Credit will replace the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit will replace the following benefits:
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Working Tax Credit
Jeremy Corbyn (left), Laura Pidock MP (right) Credit: ITV News

Universal Credit is being introduced in Laura Pidcock's North West Durham constituency, which includes Consett and Stanley, on December 13th.

The Labour MP has previously voiced concerns that reports of claimants waiting up to 12 weeks to claim their first payments, will affect her constituents over the Christmas period.

Pidcock, is one of a number of MPs, including Jeremy Corbyn, who have called on the Government to pause the rollout of new benefit system.

The Government however, says there is no reason for people moving onto Universal Credit to go without money, because advance payments are being made available.

The Department for Work and Pensions sent ITV News Tyne Tees the following statement.

There’s no reason for people to be without money over Christmas because advance payments are widely available. Our Work Coaches routinely tell people about the maximum advance they can get.

"Last December over 400,000 people were claiming Universal Credit and all payments were made.

"Universal Credit lies at the heart of our commitment to help people improve their lives and raise their incomes. It provides additional, tailored support to help people move into work and stop claiming benefits altogether.

"And it’s working. With Universal Credit, people are moving into work faster and staying in work longer than under the old system."

– Department for Work and Pensions.