Benefits of the new Universal Credit praised by minister

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Young people in Scarborough who are looking for jobs are set to get greater incentives to get into work with the introduction of Universal Credit.

Under the scheme, which will be rolled out from October next year, those who are under 25-years-old will see in-work benefit support when they get a job – ensuring they are better off in work than on benefits.

A single person – who is under 25, working 35 hours a week at the National Minimum Wage – could be between £15 and £20 a week better off under Universal Credit.

Lord Freud, the Minister for Welfare Reform said: “Universal Credit will ensure that work pays for young people and that remaining on benefits will no longer be seen as an attractive alternative to getting a job.

“This change will ease the difficult transition from benefits to work and will reinforce our efforts to get people off benefits and into jobs.”

Currently single young people under 25 are not generally eligible for in-work support from Working Tax Credit and can face a severe withdrawal of benefits when they start a new job.

The changes will see benefits withdrawn more slowly as a person moves into work.