Universal Credit Migration
As part of the ‘full roll out’ of Universal Credit, claimants making new claims to any of the six legacy benefits will have to make a new claim to Universal Credit. This is called ‘Natural Migration’.
The Government is also in the process of moving all existing claimants over to Universal Credit, this is called ‘Managed Migration’ and will take place over the next few years.
The managed migration process has commenced this year with those in receipt of Tax Credits invited to make a claim for Universal Credit with a further expansion to those in receipt of the other legacy benefits forthcoming. (Legacy benefits in this instance means Income Based JSA, Income Related ESA, Housing Benefit and Income Support)
Those in receipt of ESA only will not be invited to make a claim for Universal Credit until 2028.
The Government will write to inform you that you are due to change over to Universal Credit and you will have 3 month to do this and it is really important that you do this within the time limit as a failure to do this may result in you being worse off financially.
Once you make a claim for Universal Credit, you will be entitled to a 2 week run on of your existing benefits until your new claim goes into payment.
Sometimes some people are financially better off on ‘legacy benefits’ than Universal Credit and the DWP acknowledge this. Therefore, providing you make the claim within the time frame, you will receive ‘Transitional Protection’ which will ensure that you will not be worse off at the point of transfer and this additional element will remain in payment unless there is a significant change in your circumstances. An example of this is if you are receiving the Severe Disability Premium in your benefit, you will not lose this when moving over.
NB – Not all changes in circumstances result in having to make a new claim to Universal Credit and in some instances, you can remain on your current benefits. Please ask for advice on this.
This advice is provided by our Benefits Advisor, Robert Mandelstam. The information provided above is up to date for the financial year ending 5th April 2024.
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Robert Mandelstam is a Welfare Benefit Advisor at The Maggie’s Centre at the Royal Marsden, a charity focused on providing financial, emotional and practical support to those living with cancer. He is now also working to support our six charities as part of the Better Together project. Robert has been working in the field of welfare benefit advice for over 10 years in a range of different settings, namely, the NHS, local authority/housing providers and other third sector organisations. Robert aims to break down the barriers which exist around accessing support for some of the most vulnerable people in society and is adept at providing advice from the initial stages of a claim, through to representation at benefit tribunals.