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Department postpones managed migration of claimants to UC

In a letter to stakeholders, the Department for Communities has confirmed that the managed migration of legacy benefit claimants to Universal Credit will not now commence in July 2019. Instead, this phase of the Universal Credit programme will be deferred until 2020. The managed migration process is scheduled to complete by the end of 2023. 

Concern about natural migration and lack of protection

Under the managed migration process, claimants will be entitled to receive transitional protection  if the monetary amount received from Universal Credit is less than the amount of legacy benefits and tax credits received.  A consequence of delaying the managed migration process is that increasing numbers of claimants are likely to experience a change in circumstances which will trigger natural migration to Universal Credit. Where a benefit claimant moves over to Universal Credit from a legacy benefit due to a change in their circumstances, and is less well-off as a consequence that person is not entitled to receive any transitional protection to compensate for this reduction in entitlement.

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Benefits, Welfare Reform