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Esther McVey forced into further concessions on Universal Credit 10 Nov 2018 14:55 #10957

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Work and Pensions Secretary unveils a new package of support for people being moved to Universal Credit.

Esther McVey MP has announced further concessions to plans that will see millions of low-income households moved from ‘legacy benefits’ to the Government’s troubled Universal Credit scheme.

In a statement made in the House of Commons main chamber on Monday, detailing the Government’s plans for “managed migration” to Universal Credit, the Work and Pensions Secretary said she has listened to “the genuine concerns raised about the support we were offering people”, including recommendations from the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC).

She said: “We will put an extra £1.7billion a year into work allowances, increasing the amount that hardworking families can earn by £1,000 before Universal Credit is tapered away – providing extra support for 2.4million working families.”

“And, we have gone further – recognising the genuine concerns raised about the support we were offering people, especially to the most vulnerable, when they move to Universal Credit.

“So we have made a further £1billion package of changes, providing 2 additional weeks of DWP legacy benefits for those moved onto Universal Credit – a one-off non-repayable sum that will provide claimants with extra money during the period before they receive their first Universal Credit payment.

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Esther McVey forced into further concessions on Universal Credit 10 Nov 2018 16:30 #10959

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Quote: providing 2 additional weeks of DWP legacy benefits for those moved onto Universal Credit

I`m still trying to understand what this is? If I make a claim for UC, I get a two week `run on` of ESA/JSA and Housing Benefit, right? Meaning, my legacy benefit stays in payment while the FIVE week claim is processing itself. So my question is, where is the other THREE remaining weeks of legacy benefit? Are we all to pay our landlords rent from our swollen bank accounts for these remaining three weeks? And what if the UC claim is not finalised within that five weeks? Then what? :huh:

Someone give me a push here because they seem to be saying yes, a UC claim takes FIVE weeks to go into payment, but your legacy payments will STOP two weeks into your UC claim.
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Esther McVey forced into further concessions on Universal Credit 10 Nov 2018 16:58 #10960

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I had similar thoughts myself CoD its not a perfect fix but it is some progress that 2 weeks money could make all the difference to some folk but yes they should not be removing the legacy benefits till the UC claim is up and running :(
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Esther McVey forced into further concessions on Universal Credit 10 Nov 2018 17:32 #10961

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It`s that three week `gap` they should be filling too Finnster. They can`t justify stopping or removing a legacy benefit that is IN payment until a UC claim is actually a week away from being live, or would be at the end of that five week processing. This is what`s causing a lot of hardship yet they can`t see it. It only take a few weeks for a JSA claim to be in payment but for some crazy reason, Universal Credit has been set up to gather far more evidence. People who are already IN the welfare system should be identified on the current system and then possibly just asked for some new ID checks and that should be it. But that isn`t how they are doing things. I just don`t see the point of all these verification waits for existing claimants.

I better make sure I`ve got three weeks rent money saved for this circus to begin. That`s IF of course, things go to plan when the dreaded day arrived for my change over.
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