Consultation response on the Government’s plans to move claimants onto Universal Credit
The MND Association has responded to the Social Security Advisory Committee’s consultation on the Government’s plans to move benefits claimants onto the new Universal Credit system.
From 2019 the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will start to move claimants on one or more of the following benefits to Universal Credit:
- Working Tax Credit
- Child Tax Credit
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income Support
- Housing Benefit
The Association’s response highlights a number of problems with the Government’s plans for the transition, including its intention to terminate legacy benefit payments and require claimants to submit a new application for Universal Credit. This unfairly places the burden of transition on claimants, and risks claimants missing out on the support that they require.
The Association recommends that legacy claimants should be passported to Universal Credit automatically, and that the migration of claimants should be paused while this issue and others are addressed.
Find out more: Read the full response