10/07/2024

Tax Credit Recipients Urged To Take Action On 'Move To UC' Notice

People in receipt of tax credits only and who have received a 'Move to UC' notice has been urged to take action, as the final phase of a migration procedure gets underway.

The Department for Communities has reminded those who have received a migration notice but have not yet acted that there is a wide range of support available to help throughout the process.

Tax credits will end in April 2025 and recipients must make a UC claim if they are to continue to receive financial support.

Migration Notice letters have now been sent to all tax credit only recipients who have three months from the date of their letter to make a UC claim.

The Department is also urging tax credit only recipients who think they may not be eligible to claim UC to avail of the advice and support available. This includes information on: transitional protection; savings and investment levels over £16,000; and support for those people who are self-employed.

Communities Minister Gordon Lyons said he wanted to ensure that everyone who has received a migration notice inviting them to move from tax credits to UC, didn't lose out on the financial support available to them.

Minister Lyons said: "I am committed to ensuring people have access to the financial support they are entitled to and I am encouraging everyone who has received a migration notice to look into their individual circumstances and not to ignore their letter.
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"Tax credits will end if you do not make a claim to UC. Anyone making a claim to UC following receipt of a migration notice letter will have their benefit entitlement protected through 'transitional protection'. This means that people with no change in their circumstances will not have a reduced entitlement at the point they move to UC.

"It is important for people to find out what they are entitled to given their own circumstances and my Department can assist with that through its dedicated telephony team and face-to-face support at local Jobs and Benefits office as well as online information at nidirect. People can also seek independent welfare advice on the Move to UC."

Support and advice on the Move to UC is available via:

• A dedicated UC telephony team on 0800 012 1331

• information online at NI direct

• local Jobs and Benefits offices

Independent advice on Universal Credit and welfare changes is also available by contacting:

Advice NI on 0800 915 4604

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If you live with a partner as a couple, you will both need to make a UC claim which will then be linked.

People do not need to take action until they receive a Migration Notice letter from the Department for Communities.

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