14/05/2024

Next Phase Of Ongoing 'Move To UC' Scheme Underway

The Department for Communities (DfC) has announced that the next phase of the ongoing 'Move To UC' has gotten underway this week for people receiving tax credits along with housing benefit.

This stage of Universal Credit implementation will be followed over the coming months by moves for those still in receipt of other benefits and tax credits.

Universal Credit has been in place here since September 2017, replacing new claims to Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, income-related Employment & Support Allowance, Housing Benefit (rental) and tax credits.

The 'Move to UC' involves moving those who are still in receipt of these benefits and tax credits to Universal Credit.

From this week, those in receipt of tax credits along with housing benefit will start receiving letters explaining the steps they need to take to continue claiming financial support. The 'Migration Notice' letters will include information on how to get help making a claim for those who need it.
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Deputy Secretary of Work and Health at the Department for Communities (DfC), Paddy Rooney said: "We continue to take a measured and carefully managed approach to migrating legacy benefit recipients to Universal Credit.

"We have already successfully completed issuing Migration Notices to tax credit only recipients and we will continue to take every step possible to ensure that everyone receives the help and support they need during this next phase of Move to UC."

Customers do not need to do anything unless they receive a Migration Notice letter from DfC. Moving to UC ahead of being issued a Migration Notice will mean customers will not be eligible to receive transitional protection.

After the issue of Migration Notices to people receiving tax credits with housing benefit, the following groups will be contacted in this order:

• People claiming Income Support

• People claiming Housing Benefit only and people claiming Child Tax Credits with Employment and Support Allowance (income-related)

• People claiming Jobseekers Allowance (income-based)

DfC will align with the Department for Work and Pensions and aim to complete migration of these benefits by March 2025.

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