The centres in Buckie, Elgin and Forres are being brought into the “third tranche” of the government’s flagship welfare reform – with the first already established in Dingwall, Fort William, Invergordon, Portree and Wick on Monday.
Universal Credit is designed to replace six benefits – jobseeker’s allowance, income support, employment and support allowance, working and child tax credits and housing benefit.
Under the system the benefits will be rolled into a single monthly benefit payment that is paid directly to the claimant.
Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith said: “This government’s welfare reforms have saved the taxpayer £50billion and restored fairness to the system.”
Advice and assistance for claimants under the new system is available online.