Government confirms that Universal Credit managed migration pilot will start this month
Thursday 25th July 2019
Earlier this week the government introduced regulations confirming that a pilot scheme will start this month, whereby up to 10,000 claimants will be moved from their existing means-tested benefits over onto the new Universal Credit.
Up until now only people who have tried to make new claims for means-tested benefits have been asked to claim Universal Credit. Existing claimants who have no changes in circumstances cannot currently be moved onto Universal Credit.
However, this will now change with a pilot scheme seeing up to 10,000 people who are on means-tested benefits such as income support, housing benefit and tax credits being told by the Department for Work and Pensions that their current benefits will be stopping and that they will need to claim Universal Credit instead.
The pilot scheme will start before the end of July and is likely to run until next summer. It will initially only affect people who live in the area covered by the Harrogate jobcentre in North Yorkshire. However, the government has said that there is a possibility that it may also be extended to other jobcentres as the pilot progresses.
Once the pilot scheme finishes, the government expects to migrate much larger numbers of claimants onto Universal Credit from the summer of 2020 onwards.