Universal Credit

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 16th November 2017.

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Photo of Lesley Laird Lesley Laird Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that all eligible claimants who have been on one of the legacy benefits take up universal credit.

Photo of Damian Hinds Damian Hinds The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Jobcentres engage ahead of and once Universal Credit Full Service has gone live to explain the changes. However, unless there is a relevant change of circumstance that would previously have prompted a new claim to another existing benefit, claimants will remain on their existing benefit until we begin transferring all claimants to Universal Credit in 2019.

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