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‘Managed’ Migration of Universal Credit (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 28th February 2020.

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Photo of Fiona Twycross Fiona Twycross Labour

Do you share my concerns that the ‘managed’ migration to Universal Credit risks pushing vulnerable Londoners into severe financial hardship?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Yes, I do. Far from being a tool for fighting poverty, Universal Credit is instead having the opposite effect. Its numerous design flaws have already driven thousands of Londoners to foodbanks or left them with unmanageable rent arrears - and if unresolved the situation will only get worse once ‘managed’ migration begins.

What concerns me most is that the process will see thousands of the most disadvantaged Londoners facing the very real risk of having their benefits cut off entirely if they are not properly supported to make a new claim.

I’ve made this point to the Government on several occasions and I urge them again to immediately halt the rollout of Universal Credit and completely overhaul it to fix the underlying problems. They must also revisit their plans for ‘managed’ migration to ensure that claimants in the most vulnerable situations are fully protected.