One-week warning issued to Housing Benefit claimants

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Housing Benefit claimants will be told they need to take action from next week to avoid disruption to their payments. People who get Housing Benefit only will be sent Migration Notice letters from the DWP in June telling them about changes to their benefits.

Housing Benefit is ending and becoming part of Universal Credit (UC), resulting millions of claimants being switched over to the new system. The process will not be automatic, however, and people affected will have to apply for UC.

The letters will explain how they have three months to do this, after which point their old benefits will stop. They will need to make sure they apply in time to avoid disruption to their payments.

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Information on what people need to do next will be provided on the Migration Notice letter. Claimants are being urged to ensure they don't miss the letter or ignore it when it arrives.

Further details on the changes can be found on the Government website here for anyone worried or unsure about what is happening and how they will be affected. The process of moving benefit claimants over to UC has been ongoing for years.

It is the turn of those on Housing Benefit only from June. Then in July those on Employment Support Allowance with Child Tax Credits are due to be contacted followed by Jobseekers Allowance in September.

The Government says: "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."