DWP letter on doormat means 180,000 people have benefits stopped

A warning has been issued for households on six legacy benefits as 180,120 have STOPPED payments. New government figures show 180,120 benefits claimants have lost out by not making the move to Universal Credit after being handed a migration notice.

Two million claimants on legacy benefits are gradually making the move to Universal Credit under a process known as managed migration, from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The DWP is stopping so-called “legacy benefits” for working-age people.

That means you won’t be able to claim benefits like income-related employment and support allowance, income support, tax credits, or housing benefit (unless you’re in temporary accommodation or supported housing). Instead, you’ll need to claim Universal Credit.

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Ayla Ozmen, director of policy and campaigns, at anti-poverty charity Z2K, said: “Despite advice and anti-poverty organizations repeatedly sounding the alarm, DWP continues to cut people off from support they’re entitled to.

“And far from taking a cautious approach, from later this year, it’s speeding up moving seriously ill and disabled people receiving Employment and Support Allowance over to Universal Credit. So if you receive a migration notice, it’s vital that you act.

“Either make a claim to Universal Credit, or tell the Department that you need more time. If you’re not sure how to claim, or are worried about how Universal Credit works, find a local advice agency to help you. But whatever you don’t ignore it.”

Alison Garnham, chief executive of Child Poverty Action Group said: “Today’s ‘no-claim’ figures are truly alarming. Claimants are losing money they need while the DWP buries its head in the sand. The department must slow down the managed migration to UC and put in place robust support mechanisms that will enable people to move safely to UC.