Posted 5 March 2019
Published on 20 August 2018
Over a million single parents will eventually need to migrate from legacy benefits (including tax credits) to Universal Credit. It is vital that this process minimises the financial risk to low income families – particularly those with caring responsibilities.
The DWP’s proposed regulations for ‘managed migration’ need a slower timetable, better safeguards and more robust support for claimants.
The managed migration process proposed by draft regulations places too much risk of financial loss on claimants, rather than government. The DWP must do more to demonstrate that systems and processes are ready for the millions of claimants who will need to transfer to Universal Credit.
Without reducing this risk and ensuring the process has better checks in place, many families face significant losses if they fall through the gaps.
As a minimum, we call for: