The DWP have announced this month that the first claimants being forced to transfer from legacy benefits to universal credit (UC) via the managed migration process will be given an extra month in which to transfer.

Initially, when the news was released that the first 500 claimants were to be moved, a time limit of three months to make a claim or have your benefits stopped was given.

However, Therese Coffey, secretary of state for work and pensions has now said that claimants in the ‘initial phase of discovery’ will be given an additional month in which to make a claim.

Coffey told the commons work and pensions committee:

“For the first groups of claimants in this initial phase of discovery, I have decided the department

will not terminate any benefits if the claimant fails to claim within the three-month period given.

Instead, if these claimants have failed to engage with the department, DWP will make a minimum

of a 1-month extension to the deadline outlined in their notice. In this time, we will undertake

proactive engagement with the claimant to understand why they have not claimed.

 “It is important to remember that the discovery phase is a learning process, and our clear priority is to maximise the number of claimants completing their claim. We do of course recognise that not all

claimants may want to claim Universal Credit and others will need support to do so.”

Although Coffey refers to the “first groups of claimants in this initial phase of discovery”, no clear definition of who this includes is given.

It seems likely that it will include the initial 500 claimants in Bolton and Medway, but may not extend beyond them.

You can read Coffey’s letter on the work and pensions committee site.

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    James Moore · 21 days ago
    Are older people close to retirement a couple of years away have to undergo "managed migration" or has nobody thought about them who are not only older but also sick and disabled in many cases
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    Welsh · 23 days ago
    If two of my benefits PIP and Adult disability payments are being administered by the Scottish government and my ESA, by the DWP, how can I be transferred to UC as different governments have different rules?   
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    Mrs C · 23 days ago
    Why is it called ‘migration’ and ‘transfer’ to UC, when we are having to make a new claim from scratch and that claim may be turned down. I’ve already done SDA to ESA. Now I’m having to claim again for UC when it’s my turn. Once again I’m worried sick I’ll be turned down. I receive PIP, but that’s not enough to live on. I was stupid enough to save some money as I have no work pension. I will be destitute if my UC claim fails. Every time they change the name of a benefit, I have to claim afresh. Why don’t they go and catch the organised crime crooks, instead of scaring ME again and again. 
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    Phoebe · 23 days ago
    Is it not unethical to force claimants to apply for UC, rather than simply transfer them over?

    Social Security Scotland aren’t making (Scottish) PIP claimants apply for their new version of PIP (Adult Disability Payment), they’re simply transferring us, with no additional work for us or interruption of payments. 
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    Jen Knox · 24 days ago
    This will be the second migration I've done as went from incapacity to esa and now to uc which will make my income decrease substantially. I did not ask to be ill and this is on top of pip assessment.I have had to fight since 1996 for all my entitlements so unfair.
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    MrFibro · 1 months ago
    Just another way to kick off disabled claimants from their life-line benefits.  Does this mean going on UC equates to you being not disabled, and or fit for graft ???????????????????????????

    Guess it'll all come out in the wash soon enough.

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      James Moore · 21 days ago
      @denby Partygate and other wrongdoings is exactly why the innocent are punished to distract attention away just like the 2008 bankers and MP expenses scandal was!
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      Vik · 23 days ago
      @Eliza As far as I understand it, there are no new assessments from migration. You will only have an assessment if you are applying for UC for the first time as a new claimant
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      Eliza · 23 days ago
      @MrFibro There is the low capability for work related activity element of UC but what is concerning js will the managed migration trigger more medical assessments. There has been no consideration on how difficult it has been to get to see medical professionals and all the support services are on their knees from cuts so getting evidence for these assessments is a minefield as it stands already. 
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      denby · 1 months ago
      @MrFibro I only wish I could share the 'guess it'll all come out in the wash soon enough' optimism. Look at partygate. With inflation already in double figures on basics, there is not enough shouting about the 'transitional protection' not being inflation proofed.

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