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Universal Credit changes to hit this week – what you need to know

The rollout of Universal Credit is entering a new stage this week, affecting those currently juggling tax credits with housing benefit.

This step marks the beginning of a broader transition that will see individuals on various other benefits gradually shifted to Universal Credit in the upcoming months.

Since its introduction in September 2017, Universal Credit has been steadily replacing claims for income support, income-based jobseeker’s allowance, income-related employment and support allowance, as well as housing benefit (rental) and tax credits.

Starting from Monday, recipients of both tax credits and housing benefit will be notified through letters detailing the necessary actions to maintain their financial aid.

These migration notices will also provide guidance on how to apply for Universal Credit, including where to seek assistance if needed.

Paddy Rooney, Deputy Secretary of Work and Health at the Department for Communities (DfC), emphasised a “measured and carefully managed approach” to the transition of legacy benefit claimants to Universal Credit.

“We have already successfully completed issuing migration notices to tax credit-only recipients and we will continue to take every step possible to ensure that everyone receives the help and support they need during this next phase of the move to Universal Credit,” he stated.


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