Universal Credit to replace six benefits as DWP issues three-month migration notice to claimants

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has issued an update on six benefits that are set to end as part of the transition to Universal Credit (UC). Those currently receiving these benefits will be notified by post with Migration Notice letters at varying times.

Upon receipt of their Migration Notice, claimants will have a three-month window to apply for UC, as the switch is not automatic. If they fail to apply within this timeframe, their benefits will cease, meaning late applicants will no longer receive payments.

From June, those in receipt of Housing Benefit will be the next group to receive contact, according to the DWP's announcement on the Government website.

The DWP stated: "The following benefits are ending and are being replaced by Universal Credit:Other benefits, such as Personal Independence Payment (PIP), will remain unchanged."

These six benefits are categorised as 'legacy benefits', which are gradually being phased out in favour of the single UC payment.

Claimants have been advised to wait for their Migration Notice before taking any action. The DWP also confirmed that tax credits will no longer be claimable from next year as they too are being replaced, reports Birmingham Live.

The transition of benefit claimants to UC has been a lengthy process, with the final claimants expected to make the switch over the coming year or so.

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