DWP confirms letter sent to 100,000 housing benefit claimants warning they will lose out

From June, the DWP will be moving Housing Benefit claimants onto Universal Credit with 100,000 people affected
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The Department for Work and Pensions has issued a warning to thousands of benefit claimants who are set to receive an important letter from today. From June, the DWP will be transitioning Housing Benefit claimants onto Universal Credit with 100,000 people affected by the managed migration system, which sees old legacy benefits phased out and claimants "migrated" onto the new one-size-fits-all Universal Credit system.

By the end of 2024/25, the DWP plans to transition everyone receiving Income Support, income-based Job Seeker's Allowance, Housing Benefit and Tax credits onto Universal Credit. This process began in September 2023.

Initially, this was only happening in the three areas of Manchester, Northumberland and the London Borough of Harrow but it now applies nationally, everywhere across the country. When you will undergo managed migration depends on which legacy benefits you receive.

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The DWP plans to start sending migration notices to claimants on income related Employment and Support Allowance alongside child tax credit in July and to those on pension credit (including mixed age couples) in August, it has previously stated.

In September, notices will be sent to those on income based Job Seekers Allowance, the DWP has also confirmed. You'll receive a "migration notice" in writing that your legacy benefits will be ending, the DWP has explained in its managed migration guide online, reports Birmingham Live.

You'll be given a date three months from the date on your migration notice to make a claim for Universal Credit, known as your deadline day. The DWP can extend this if there are valid reasons.

The DWP intends to begin issuing managed migration notices to individuals whose only legacy benefit is housing benefit from June 2024. It's expected that most claimants who only receive housing benefit will have received a managed migration notice by late summer.

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