DWP to send millions of letters next week and if you get one you need to act fast

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Housing Benefit recipients have been urged not to disregard letters arriving from next week, as ignoring them could result in the loss of their payments. The Department for Work and Pensions is sending out Migration Notice letters to those claiming Housing Benefit, informing them of changes to their benefits.

The transition from Housing Benefit to Universal Credit (UC) is underway, with millions of claimants being moved to the new system. However, this process isn't automatic - affected individuals will need to apply for Universal Credit.

Letters due to arrive in June will outline that claimants have a three-month window to do this, after which their previous benefits will cease. To avoid any disruption to their payments, it's crucial they apply within this timeframe, BirminghamLive reports.

Claimants are strongly advised not to ignore these letters, as they contain vital information on how to continue receiving payments. More details about these changes can be found on the Government website for anyone feeling uncertain or concerned about how they will be impacted.

In July, those receiving Employment Support Allowance with Child Tax Credits are set to be contacted, followed by Jobseekers Allowance claimants in September, reports the Manchester Evening News.

A Government spokesman stated: "You need to move to Universal Credit if you've received a Migration Notice letter, as one or more of your benefits will be ending soon. To continue receiving financial support you must claim Universal Credit by the deadline date given in your letter. This is three months from the date the letter was sent out."

"If you cannot claim Universal Credit by the deadline date, you should contact the Universal Credit Migration Notice helpline as soon as possible."