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Universal credit: Major benefits changes come into effect

A massive shake-up in the UK benefits system has begun, with the first claims being made for new universal credit payments.

Universal credit will merge several benefits and tax credits into one monthly payout.

It begins with a very small number of new claimants in Ashton-under-Lyne in Greater Manchester, but will eventually affect around eight million people by 2017.

Mike Sergeant reports.

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