Government says testing of the full managed migration process will start in January 2019 with the intention to increase volumes by July 2019
The Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) has launched a consultation on government proposals for managing the migration of claimants on legacy benefits to universal credit.
Details of the proposed transitional regulations can be found here
The draft Universal Credit (Transitional Provisions)(Managed Migration) Amendment Regulations 2018 - which were presented to the SSAC at its meeting on 20 June 2018 - set out the government's proposals on -
In the explanatory memorandum to the draft regulations the government advises -
'Between July 2019 and 2023, the final phase of universal credit roll out will take place. During this phase, the Department will manage the migration of all the remaining claimants with awards of existing benefits to universal credit.
From January 2019, we intend to start testing the full managed migration process on a small scale, with the intention to increase volumes by July 2019. This will enable us to evaluate the initial process to ensure that it supports claimants effectively. This ‘test and learn’ approach will allow us to change the process, where necessary, before larger volumes of claimants are managed migrated to universal credit.'
To help inform its examination of the draft legislation, the Committee has launched a consultation seeking views from a range of organisations and individuals - particularly welcoming real or hypothetical case studies - on the following aspects -
Commenting on the proposals, Chair of the SSAC Paul Gray said -
'The planned rollout of universal credit is now reaching its most critical and challenging stage. The government’s draft proposals involve major issues on both detailed entitlement rules and delivery logistics, and are due to be debated in Parliament later this year. SSAC is keen to ensure that the scrutiny report it submits to ministers and Parliament is as well informed as possible, and we therefore strongly encourage all organisations and individuals with relevant evidence to take part in this consultation process.'
Responses to the consultation should be submitted by 10 am on Monday 20 August 2018.
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