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1:28pm 6th December 2017

Universal Credit is being rolled out to areas across Cornwall.

It includes jobcentres in Bude, Tingtagel, Boscastle, Looe, Liskeard, Launceston and Callington from Wednesday 6th December.

National poverty charity Turn2us says it has seen a surge of people contacting them in fear and confusion about Universal Credit.

The charity wants people to understand that nobody in Cornwall claiming existing legacy benefits will be transferred to Universal Credit this year.

It stresses that only new claimants will go on to Universal Credit now, and that current claimants will be switched to it between 2019 and 2022.

Universal Credit is being rolled out to the following postcodes in Cornwall on 6th December: EX23, PL13, PL14, PL15, PL16, PL17PL34, PL35.

Universal Credit replaces six existing means-tested benefits; Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Housing Benefit, Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit.

It is paid on a monthly basis. Entitlement is worked out by comparing your basic financial needs that the government says you need to live on with your financial resources.

It is currently being introduced gradually in 'full digital service areas'.

Pritie Billimoria, Head of Communications of Turn2us, said: "Even though Universal Credit is being introduced to Cornwall this week, most people won't need to worry about switching just yet.

"Unless you are new to benefits or have a change in circumstances you won't be transferred onto Universal Credit for at least 22 months".

You can get more help from Turn2us here.

1:28pm 6th December 2017

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