Universal Credit passporting benefit for legal aid applicants

Universal Credit was introduced to Rugby Jobcentre on 25 November 2013 as part of the gradual roll-out of the new benefit.
Universal Credit has already been introduced in the following areas:
  • Ashton-under-Lyne (Tameside, Greater Manchester)
  • Wigan
  • Oldham
  • Warrington
  • Hammersmith.
By Spring 2014, it is also expected to be rolled out to:
  • Harrogate
  • Bath
  • Shotton.

How does this affect legal aid?

Universal Credit has been added to the list of legal aid ?passporting? benefits. 
We have published summary guidance on how this will affect your handling of the limited number of civil and criminal cases initially affected - see information below. 

Universal Credit defined

Universal Credit is a single payment for people who are looking for work or are on a low income.  
Universal Credit simplifies the benefits system by bringing together a range of working-age benefits into a single, streamlined payment. 

For more information

Summary guidance is available in the ?assess your client?s eligibility? page in the legal aid section of the Justice website.
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