Statistics released by the DWP show that more than half of all claimants sent a universal credit migration notice fail to make a claim.  They also show that over 20% of claimants who received a migration notice have had their claims stopped

The statistics show that between July 2022 and March 2024:

  • a total of 824,050 individuals in 540,070 households have been sent migration notices.
  • a total of 400,940 of these individuals, living in 275,980 households, who were sent migration notices have made a claim to Universal Credit.
  • of those who have claimed Universal Credit, 166,860 households have been awarded transitional protection.
  • a total of 238,990 of individuals who were sent migration notices are still going through the Move to UC process.
  • a total of 184,120 of individuals who were sent migration notices have had their legacy benefit claims closed

The DWP point out that the vast majority of these claimants were tax credit claimants and so the statistics for other benefits may be quite different.

But these figures do once again underline the importance of getting support and advice when making the transition from a legacy benefit to UC.

You can read the UC migration statistics here.


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    Karen · 10 days ago
    I have heard people on housing benefit have to move over to universal credit. I thought if you was on contribution esa they could not just take you off the contribution.  I am entitled to both income related also. All my paper work says income related now. When phoned years ago they said still on contribution  .it say income related because they paying you at the highest rate at the time.

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    MrFibro · 20 days ago
    GE 4th July 2024 please vote Tories out of power.
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    Andy C · 20 days ago
    I had simply had enough. I was in the support group for contributory ESA and at the time I was also awaiting an outcome on my PIP renewal. My wife was self employed, losing money hand over fist, looking after me and stressing out when I said ENOUGH. My retirement age for my private pension was 65, I am nearly 62. I transferred it out of the company scheme (where I stopped working in 2007) and moved it to Aviva via a financial adviser, I immediately withdrew from WTC and ESA, told my wife to stop working and she became my paid carer for £300+ a month and took my pension 4 years early because the stress was too much. My wife is now much calmer, I am much calmer and I have just last week had my PIP renewed for 5 years taking me up to my state pension age. My wife could have claimed carers allowance a while back but because her income varied so much she would have been one of these poor souls that have to pay the DWP back because now and again she would have earned too much.
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      Gee · 6 days ago
      @Andy C Andy, I empathise completely.  I'm on my last year towards pension in my own right.  It's been a stress filled life since 1997 when my OA in my whole spine worsened and I ended with 5 ruptured discs, 2 cervical, 3 lumbar sacral all combining into severe stenosis and spinal cord compression (high level spinal cord injury).  Since then a multitude of other bodily parts I really don't want, have had firm diagnosis too.  There is no ablebodied person here, so if we lost benefits we can't pay bills and couldn't work, I would say if our lives depended on it, but our lives do depend on some form of income. High level stressors between DWP and now the care sector too, including high care charges on just benefits (like the DWP were so generous in the first place that we had even 2p going spare! but no, high care charges too) knowing the whole lot can go at the whim of one person is actually petrifying.  I'm not surprised after years of continous high stressors from both that my conditions have not only worsened but also taken my mental health down with them.  I defy anybody or even challenge anybody ablebodied to come here and take over juggling the pair of them for us, without adding high pain levels (with causation)in to the mix too and for them also to not start to have MH implication from dealing with them both and keeping up with changes. I applaud you and the wife taking that stance.  I too am ready to try look into get my pension a year early if needs must, but my long term partner has another 7 years of this at least, to come.  It's like another full time job added, when we should actually be resting and pacing ourselves.
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    Aw · 23 days ago
    It should not be beyone the DWP to produce category figures, like who didn't bother because they were no longer eligible for help, or people who are self employed, people with /without children etc. 

    Until they can prove there is a good reason people have not claimed then they have no business plowing forward with forcing hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people onto UC, especially when it might be their only income. 

    Yet do we expect the DWP to behave so responsibly? 
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