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Universal Credit applicants can use the app to apply for benefits for the first time from next year

BRITS claiming universal credit and other benefits will be able to apply using an app for the first time starting next year.

In addition to launching an app, the government is changing the way you sign in to benefits services using gov.uk.

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The government hopes to facilitate people’s access to its servicesCredit: Alamy

The app is expected to launch towards the end of next year and is intended to make it easier for people to access government services.

This includes the demand for universal credit, but also free school meals and support for disabled family members.

Applicants will also be able to use the app to update their universal credit accounts and view changes to payments.

Currently, people must log into the gov.uk website to apply for benefits. We have already explained how to apply for universal credit.

Along with the new app, the government is streamlining the gov.uk website so that Brits only need to use an account and password to access various services.

Currently, gov.uk offers users 191 ways to create accounts with 44 different login methods.

All government departments – including the Ministry of Work and Pensions – are involved in the development of the app.

Use of the app will be optional and users can continue to use other methods, such as the gov.uk website, to access government services.

Work on the app has just started, so details on how exactly it works have yet to be revealed.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Steve Barclay, said yesterday: “Now more than ever it is important that the government responds to people’s increased expectations for the services they use.

“During the pandemic, people had to interact with public services in different ways, including the NHS app and the vaccine reservation service.”

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