One in five claimants have benefits stopped by not switching to universal credit, study finds

This is despite the DWP admitting that up to 900,000 people on legacy benefits would be worse off under universal credit

One in five people on legacy benefits who are invited to move to universal credit do not claim and ultimately have their benefits stopped, a new report has found. Almost all of these people are receiving tax credits.

By the end of 2024, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) plans to move 900,000 people receiving means-tested ‘legacy benefits’ onto the newer universal credit (UC) payment.

But the shift seems to be leaving some people behind.

By the end of December 2023, DWP had sent 346,550 migration notices. Of the 148,700 closed cases, 31,500 (21%) resulted in households having their legacy benefit stopped without moving to universal credit.

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