Government proposal to move claimants on ‘legacy’ benefits to Universal Credit: consultation announced

12th July 2018

The Social Security Advisory Committee has decided to examine more closely the wide-ranging draft legislation set out by the government on Universal Credit ‘managed migration’. As part of this examination, the Committee has recently launched a consultation seeking insight into various aspects of the proposals.

The task of safely moving around 3 million claimants (in around 2 million households) from legacy benefits to Universal Credit raises important questions about the delivery challenge facing the department and the potential impact on claimants.

The Committee has released calls for evidence to inform its response to the Secretary of State. The consultation will remain open until 20 August with an aim to report to the Secretary of State at the end of September (the regulations are affirmative so will be debated in both Houses).