Universal Credit: Mental Illness

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 2nd November 2018.

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Photo of Janet Daby Janet Daby Labour, Lewisham East

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with mental illness will be moved to universal credit under the managed migration regulations.

Photo of Alok Sharma Alok Sharma The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

All claimants will eventually move onto Universal Credit. However, managed migration will begin in 2019 with small-scale testing to ensure that the process works well. No more than 10,000 people will be migrated in 2019, before we take on larger volumes from 2020 onwards, completing the process in 2023.

We are aware that some claimants will have a mental illness: some we will know about through an ESA claim, for example, whilst others may not have shared the information. That is why we are co-designing our migration processes with partner organisations and stakeholders, to ensure that we create the best possible processes for all of our claimants.

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