MPs have recently accused the DWP (Department of Work and Pensions) of creating ‘two classes of Universal Credit (UC) claimants.
The accusations were made as a result of uncovering the fact that claimants who are forced to migrate to UC early will face financial loss, compared to those who make the decision to move over to UC later rather than being forced to migrate.
This financial hit will happen as a result of next April’s annual uprating.
ESA claimants who choose to migrate after the uprating will keep what is estimated to be around a 9% increase in their benefits.
Claimants who are forced to migrate before April will have any uprating payments deducted from their transitional protection. This will leave them in a much worse financial situation than claimants who migrate later.
Upon questioning, Therese Coffey DWP secretary of state was asked if she would accept that this decision would lead to inequality, Coffey dismissed the accusation saying “I am not anticipating we will have lots of managed migration by April.”
To put it bluntly she doesn’t care if a few thousand claimants are going to suffer financially and nor will she rectify it either.
As usual Therese Coffey cares only about herself and not the vulnerable people that she claims to care for. This proves once again that UC very rarely improves a claimants financial situation, but instead causes distress and harm.
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3 thoughts on “Claimants Forced To Migrate To Universal Credit Early Will Face Financial Loss”
UC a credit to who, certainly not those on UC, just the reverse. Benefits should be there to help, not hinder, but when Tories create benefits the last they wish to help are benefit claimants.
They have already created a two-tier Social Security system with those on Universal Credit and those on so-called ‘legacy’ Benefits, as was made blatantly obvious during the pandemic with the former given an extra £20 per week but which was very unfairly denied to the latter who were largely left to their own devices. The more recent crisis payments have been made to all, but only because they had to and had no excuse not to.