Changes to benefits at town’s job centre

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Brighouse Jobcentre is one of 150 sites around the country that will start taking Universal Credit claims for the first time from February 2015.

Universal Credit merges six benefits into one and simplifies the system so people will be better off in work.

Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Freud said: “We’ve already seen remarkable successes, with Universal Credit claimants moving into work faster and staying in work longer. As part of our long-term economic plan, people in Brighouse will have the financial security of knowing that working more pays more money.

“Our work coaches in Brighouse Jobcentre will give claimants tailored support they need to get into work and for the first time will give people support when they are in work to earn more.”

Universal Credit is paid monthly and directly into people’s bank accounts in the same way people in work receive their salaries. It makes work pay by gradually reducing the amount of benefit a claimant receives as their earnings increase.