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Major change to DWP Universal Credit and benefits will see claimants ‘worse’

The ‘managed migration’ of people on older style benefit systems to Universal Credit following the Covid pandemic, but now up to 2.6 million Britons will be moved from the six ‘legacy’ benefits from of the next week.

Who will be affected by changes to the benefit system?

Plans to transfer people to Universal Credit will affect people claiming six types of support.

Child tax credit

· Housing allowance

income support

Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)

Employment and Income Support Benefit (ESA)

Work Tax Credit

Some people may be better off switching to Universal Credit and may choose to switch.

Some people can also be changed if their situation changes. For example, if they move to a new address or change their working hours.

When will the DWP start the process?

The process has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, with more and more people calling for government support throughout the lockdowns. However, this will now start on Monday May 9, with the government planning to complete the changes by December 2024.

As a result of the changes, the DWP admits around 900,000 UK households (35%) will receive less. Meanwhile, 1.4 million households could get more money while around 300,000 are expected to see no change.

DWP changes will see ‘hundreds of thousands’ getting worse

Sophie Corlett, of mental health charity Mind, warned that UK households would be made worse by the changes.

She told the Mirror that new plans ‘could make it worse for hundreds of thousands of people’ and warned that ‘the consequences of cutting someone’s benefits can be fatal’.

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey defended the changes, saying: “More than five million people are already being looked after by Universal Credit.

“It’s a dynamic system that adjusts as people earn more or less, and simplifies our safety net for those who can’t work.

“Parliament voted in 2012 to end the complex web of six benefits inherited from the past, and as this work nears conclusion, we are making a full transition to a modern benefit, fit for the 21st century.”