Latest information on Universal Credit

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Posted on9 Jun 2022

Universal Credit is a payment to help with the cost of living. It replaces several other ‘legacy benefits’ so that claimants receive one single monthly payment. Since it was introduced in 2013, the Government has always planned to eventually move everyone eligible across to Universal Credit. The process has been delayed for various reasons, including the pandemic and its impact on resources at the Department for Work and Pensions.

However, the migration process resumed last month. The Government has said that everyone who is eligible will be moved across to Universal Credit by the end of 2024.

Will I be moved onto Universal Credit?

If you receive any of these legacy benefits, you will be moved across to Universal Credit at some point in the next few years.

  • Income Support
  • Income-Based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Housing Benefit
  • Child Tax Credits
  • Working Tax Credits

What will the process be?

  1. Claimants will initially be notified in writing of when they will be asked to move across to Universal Credit.
  2. Claimants will have their entitlement to Universal Credit assessed and compared against their existing entitlement to legacy benefits.
  3. If the move across to Universal Credit results in a lower entitlement on assessment, Universal Credit will make up the difference until there is a material change in the claimants’ circumstances.
  4. Claimants will usually receive a two week run-on of their legacy benefit entitlement, after claiming Universal Credit.

Opting to switch

The managed move to Universal Credit will be a gradual process between now and the end of 2024. However, it is not necessary to wait for a notification to switch. In many situations, individuals will be financially better off claiming Universal Credit compared to legacy benefits.

To see if you might be better off switching to Universal Credit earlier, we recommend you do an in-depth benefits check first so you can find out the best option for your individual circumstances. Reputable benefit calculators can be found through the gov.uk website https://www.gov.uk/benefits-calculators or you can speak to one of JRHT’s Money and Benefits Advisers.

It’s worth bearing in mind that if you do opt to switch to Universal Credit voluntarily before the date specified on your managed move notification, you will not be entitled to a two-week run-on of your legacy benefit entitlement.

JRHT offers a free, confidential and impartial Money and Benefits Advice service to all residents and staff. Advisers can assist with benefit checks, updating claims and identifying other forms of support that may be available. To speak to an adviser or book and appointment please contact JRHT’s Money and Benefit Advice service on 0800 5870211 or at [email protected].