Moray benefits claimants will face the challenges presented by the new Universal Credit system when it is introduced at jobcentres in September.
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.