Campaigns Welfare Reform and Homelessness

Universal Credit: Managed Migration pilot begins in Harrogate

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

A managed migration pilot scheme has launched in the Yorkshire town of Harrogate.

Managed Migration is the process whereby benefit claimants on the old system move on to the new Universal Credit system.

The regulations for the scheme can be found online here.

Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd MP has previously confirmed that up to 10,000 claimants across the country who are on the old system would be moved to Universal Credit under the pilot scheme.

RLA campaigning on Universal Credit

The RLA has campaigned extensively for changes to Universal Credit in recent years.

Earlier this month, a cross-party group of MPs backed RLA suggestions on ways that Universal Credit could be improved. In a report published by the All-Party-Parliamentary Group for Universal Credit, plans to improve the Universal Credit system by ending the benefits freeze and promoting direct payments to landlords were put forward.

The RLA provided evidence to the APPG’s inquiry into reform of Universal Credit. The report recommends that the Department for Work and Pensions:

  • End the five-week wait
  • Make payments fortnightly by default
  • Offer all claimants the option of direct payments to their landlord from the start of the claim
  • Inform landlords of this system in order to avoid people unnecessarily falling into rent arrears
  • Spilt payments to each member of a couple
  • End the benefits freeze

In June, our Vice Chair Chris Town (pictured below, left) and Vice Chair and Director for Wales Douglas Haig (right) met with the DWP Minister Will Quince MP.

In January, our policy officer gave evidence at the London Assembly Housing Committee on Universal Credit, and shared with the committee the experiences our members had told us they have with Alternative Payment Arrangements.

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About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

She is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and media review, and creating social media content. She also contributes to our members magazine, Residential Property Investor.

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