The government has laid out its proposals for the transfer of 3 million claimants from legacy benefits to Universal Credit (UC) in the draft Universal Credit (Managed Migration) Regulations 2018.
Law Centre NI has developed a briefing paper which outlines our concerns about the proposals and makes recommendations which will better ensure the protection of all those who will be required to move to UC between 2019 and 2023. This paper has been endorsed by many members of the Northern Ireland Welfare Reform Group (WRG). The WRG is an umbrella grouping of organisations that campaign for positive changes to policy, service provision and legislation for persons in receipt of social security.
We agree that the draft regulations should be opposed by Parliament in their current form, as they provide for the termination of legacy benefits if a Universal Credit claim is not made by a set deadline.