||<p>As benefit issues are devolved in Northern Ireland the Department for Communities
(DfC) have responsibility for the delivery of Universal Credit with the support of
DWP and the Universal Credit Programme. The implementation of Universal Credit was
agreed by NI Ministers prior to the dissolution of the NI assembly and as part of
the Fresh Start agreement. As such we continue to deliver as per the agreed plans.
Universal Credit has been introduced in Northern Ireland for new claims, on a phased
geographical basis by post code groups aligned to front office locations, which started
from September 2017 to September 2018.</p>