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DWP must ensure claimant welfare before UC ‘managed migration’, say MP 14 Dec 2018 10:54 #12078

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Necessary safeguards must be in place before moving existing claimants to Universal Credit, says Commons committee.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) must be able to demonstrate “operational capacity” and ensure claimant welfare before it gets new powers for mass transfer of claimants on to Universal Credit, an influential group of MPs have said.

The Work and Pensions Select Committee (WPSC), a cross-party group of MPs charged with the oversight of Government welfare policies, has written to Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Amber Rudd MP, proposing a balanced way forward for so-called “managed migration”.

This involves transferring existing claimants from legacy benefits – social security benefits that are being replaced by Universal Credit – on a large scale, despite ongoing concerns about the new system.

The Government has argued that it must be granted the new powers necessary to begin this process by the end of the year, so that it can begin to pay the intended top-up payments to severely disabled people that they would otherwise lose in the transition to UC.

Under existing benefits, the extra costs of care and living for people with severe disabilities are addressed by the “Severe Disability Premium” – this will not exist under Universal Credit.

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DWP must ensure claimant welfare before UC ‘managed migration’, say MP 14 Dec 2018 11:28 #12081

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Yet more chaos will resume. Claiming UC is difficult enough for someone who has some idea of how the process works. Most people don`t. People already on ESA will be asked to make a new claim for UC and be given (so I`ve read) three months in which to make their claim or be cut off. :dry: What should be happening is, someone already claiming an income based benefit (JSA/ESA) should just receive a letter asking them to attend a job centre appointment with a list of documents to bring with them and a work coach should be able to apply these into the existing claim. Job done. But we all know that isn`t the plan.
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