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The government is to postpone the introduction of regulations for the mass transfer of claimants from legacy benefits such as employment and support allowance (ESA) to universal credit (UC) in the face of a threatened backbench revolt, it has been reported. Instead, only a pilot transfer of 10,000 claimants will take place. 

In November 2018, the government published a bill setting out the rules that would cover the transfer of claimants from legacy benefits to UC.

The proposal at that time was that a pilot transfer of 10,000 claimants would take place starting in July 2019, followed by the full rollout of the transfer process.

This meant that decision about how the transfer of claimants was to work would have been put into law before the pilot had even taken place.

Now, however, Amber Rudd is said to be ready to abandon the vote on transferring millions of legacy benefit claimants. Instead, she will only go ahead with the element of the bill that allows for the pilot to take place.

The result should be that any regulations about transferring claimants will only be voted on once the pilot has been evaluated and the results published.

An announcement is expected from Rudd later this week.

Sadly, there is still no indication that the government would consider scrapping the transfer of claimants from ESA to UC altogether. Instead, the process has simply been delayed even further.



+1 #5 Stewart 2019-01-15 13:31
After a particularly pathetic WCA, my ESA was stopped and I'm waiting for a Tribunal date. When I initially telephoned to 'complain' I was told by the DWP that 'you can always make an application for UC'!!! If they can't migrate you within the law, they will use underhanded methods.
+2 #4 DianaW 2019-01-15 11:54
But who's unlucky enough to be being chosen to form part of the pilot scheme? Is it a geographical group, or being selected on some other basis?
I live in an inner London borough whose benefits claimants were all due to be put onto UC. How can we find out whether we can relax for now, even if not being in the pilot group means being reassessed for our existing benefits, rather than being forced to apply for UC instead?
+3 #3 Matata2011 2019-01-11 19:19
Regarding ESA & UC Transfer,is it even legal,to force claimants to use only on line applications with out provisions for paper based for the elderly,vulnera ble or people with disabilities & yet under the Equality Act 2010,DWP is required to make reasonable adjustments. Can someone knowledgeable research on this via the ciuvil courts regarding this form of indirect unlawful discrimination for vulnerable people who apply for benefits.This Government seems to stop at nothing in their destruction of every good fabric of society,they must be stopped.
+3 #2 buster 2019-01-08 13:21
Hang on a minute, I don't think it will be as simple as that for Amber Rudd and the government. As far as I'm aware they still need parliamentary approval (a majority) even for this so called pilot scheme. And the government aren't really "governing" at the moment; they simply cannot demand even a simple majority no matter what the vote is it would seem - as things currently stand. So, for Rudd to get her way even with this fudge of a proposal - it's questionable if she will get approval? I don't think she will - at least I hope not - for the sake of the 10 thousand vulnerable "guinea pigs".

And as for the mass migration of the other 3 million claimants, it just goes to show what a gutless set of cowards this government has become. They are running scared of putting that particular vote to parliament because they know it will be voted down - even some Tories will be too scared to vote for mass migration of UC currently. They will not want to antagonise their constituents and risk losing their votes in any upcoming general election.

Hopefully this mad idea that UC is a simpler and fairer system than what we already have will die a death before any more heartache and destitution is forced on anymore of our fellow citizens.
+2 #1 mrfibrospondodysthmatic 2019-01-07 23:26
So basically there's no change at all, all except 10k of claimants will be used as Guinee pigs. And as soon as the 10 k claimants have had their transfers from legacy benefit to UC. Rudd will immediately roll UK out across the entire UK in one foul sweep. There's a difference with a dummy pilot scheme only consisting of 10,000 claimants. But an introduction of another 3million or more claimants will soon see problems again. Rudd will make sure that the pilot scheme claimants get their payments hassle free, and then argue that the UC system is now flawless. Which I believe is not the case. Sense would tell these MP's to simply scrap UC. The system is not and was not designed to make life easier for the claimants, rather the opposite.

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