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Just 13 people have been moved during the first six months of the pilot for the managed migration of claimants of legacy benefit such as employment and support allowance (ESA) onto universal credit (UC), it was revealed this week. The timetable for the full roll-out of managed migration now looks under threat

The shock figures were revealed by Will Quince, parliamentary under-secretary for Work and Pensions, answering a commons question on the managed migration pilot.

The pilot was pushed through by the last government and began on 24 July 2019.

It is taking place in Harrogate and is intended to cover 10,000 households.

However, Quince admitted that hardly any claimants have so far been piloted:

“The numbers are relatively small at the moment: just under 80, with around 13 having moved on to universal credit. [Interruption.] I can see that she is shocked, but it has been rather deliberate. My clear instruction to officials was to take this slow and steady, and to go at the pace the claimant requires. I want us to ensure that we have the information necessary to roll out universal credit without leaving anybody behind. We have to get it right.”

Last year the government were planning for the full roll-out of managed migration to take place between November 2020 and late 2023.

However, with such an extraordinarily slow start for the pilot, it now seems possible that managed migration will be considerably delayed.

Whilst this may be a relief to many ESA claimants, the concern is that thousands more will lose out on transitional protection because they will be forced by changes of circumstances to naturally migrate to UC before managed migration affects them.


+1 #4 James McKinsley 2020-02-12 12:02
I strongly believe that if the Government want people transferred to a new benefit then it should be seamless. The cruelest part about UC is that IT IS NOT BACKDATED to the claim date. It's cruel of the Government to push people into dept who are already struggling. If they make that simple change then at least those claimants will be able to keep their rent and council tax payments up to date ensuring they won't lose their homes.They will also save a fortune on administration cost's
+2 #3 lesley 2020-02-01 09:55
On 1 April 2013, Duncan Smith said he could live on £53 per week as Work and Pensions Secretary, after a benefits claimant told the BBC he had £53 per week after housing costs.

In September 2013, leaked documents showed that Duncan Smith was looking at "how to make it harder for sick and disabled people to claim benefits".

Duncan Smith was knighted in the 2020 New Years Honours List for political and public service.

Please don’t tell me that there is any justice in this world.
#2 donut16 2020-01-30 17:45
scrape universal dis-credit
+1 #1 mrfibrospondodysthmatic 2020-01-30 16:01
You cannot judge a pilot with only 13 people. I'd say to pilot you need hundreds of thousands of people, before you can think about rolling out

The system is a failure and needs to be stopped and continue as normal before UC came into effect.

Then instead of simply just going in all guns blazing with a new system like UC. Spend time on a new system, which has had all its flaws sorted out prior to rolling it out.

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