Universal credit rollout in North Kensington halted after Grenfell Tower fire
Universal credit rollout in North Kensington halted after Grenfell Tower fire -
Kensington and Chelsea was due to move to the “full service” digital-only universal credit on 19 July as part of the wider phasing in of the system across the UK by 2018, but the Department for Work and Pensions said the North Kensington jobcentre would now be excluded.
It is understood that DWP officials were nervous that any disruption to benefits caused by teething problems associated with the new system would cause extra difficulties for local claimants already coping with the tower blaze and its aftermath.
I just have this weird idea that if you pilot something then that’s to iron out any teething problems and thus at this stage they should be minimal to non-existent. That DWP won’t take the risk this many years down the line speaks volumes.
From Neil Couling on Twitter, in response to whether there’ll be regs:
“It’s not Regs but a determination , made by Ministers, under the Reg 4 power in the UC Transitional SI. We publish that and will tweet idc.”
DWP website updated to reflect reg 4 change -
The roll-out of Universal Credit full service in postcode areas administered by North Kensington Jobcentre will now take place from 4 October 2017, instead of from 19 July 2017. These are: W8, W10 5, W10 6, W10 9 and W11 as listed in Part 29 of the Schedule to Commencement Order No. 29. This decision is made under Regulation 4 of the Universal Credit (Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2014.
univeralcreditinfo has been updated to reflect the new dates .. see for example:
W10 5: https://universalcreditinfo.net/postcode?q=W10+5AA
W10 6: https://universalcreditinfo.net/postcode?q=W10+6AE
W10 9: https://universalcreditinfo.net/postcode?q=W10+9AD