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Andrew Mitchell MP probes Universal Credit rollout in Royal Town

Andrew Mitchell MP has met with Lorraine Beech and Laurie Wilkins who are managing the Universal Credit rollout in Royal Sutton Coldfield.

Universal Credit replaces six means-tested benefits as a simple monthly payment. Since its introduction in other areas, there has been a modest improvement in employment rates. While not without controversy, many critics do welcome the fact that Universal Credit is a simpler benefits system. It means fewer forms to fill in and fewer people to speak to.

Mr Mitchell was keen to see how his constituents would go about applying for the new benefit at JobCentre Plus and the process that ensues and he subsequently took a tour around the JobCentre Plus in Sutton Coldfield.

Since his visit, Mr Mitchell has requested statistics from Hilary Govier, District Head for Royal Sutton Coldfield.

Mr Mitchell said: “Since Universal Credit was announced in Sutton Coldfield, I have been concerned about bureaucratic delays for my constituents. But I am encouraged to learn that of all who have reached their first assessment period, every person has received a payment.

“Rightly for a programme of this scale, the priority must remain its safe and secure delivery. I am pleased that this has been well reflected in the Royal Town.”

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