Some legacy benefits claimants in two more towns will shortly receive a forced Migration Notice requiring them to claim universal credit (UC) or face the loss of their benefits, the latest edition of the DWP’s Touchbase newsletter has announced.

From 25 July claimants in Truro and Falmouth will join those in Medway and Bolton as part of the ‘discovery phase’ of the UC migration programme.

Initially the numbers being contacted are likely to be small.  Just 500 are being contacted in Bolton and Medway. 

The legacy benefits affected by the changes are:

Child Tax Credit

Housing Benefit

Income Support

Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)

Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

Working Tax Credit

The DWP has published a page of guidance for claimants who receive a forced Migration Notice.

if you have received a forced Migration Notice, we’d be very interested to hear from you.

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    Marcella · 9 days ago
    I have received a letter telling me I have to claim UC before October.  Also just completing  a form for PIP although was told over Covid that wouldn't need to apply again until 23? I am on ESA , severe disability and PIP. Am worried about losing money in transfer??
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    Jeff Smith · 13 days ago
    I note the Labour Party remains silent as this miserable transfer to Universal Credit continues.
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    Lexi · 17 days ago
    Me again they put us on universal credit so the gov can save money up to £100 a month lost and bills are so high this is torture i had no advance pay either so worse off on UC 
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    Lexi · 17 days ago
    I am at my wits here i am disabled and was on income related esa i have moved to a bungalow and was force to go on universal credit, i lost £80 a month and have to pay council tax and nhs prescription, i had a letter of fined which i havnt paid, i cant work my arthrits x 2 types, raynaud desease, 2 broken disc, thyroid the list goes on, my GP has sign me off 3.5 years nw am on pip but universal credit dont pay you i recieve £272 a month live on my own and lost all my benefits due to goin and force on universal credit.
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      Maxine · 8 days ago
      @Lexi Recommend talking to an expert about what you're entitled to. You should be eligible for council tax support alongside the UC, and if your thyroid condition is lifelong also free prescriptions. If you're signed off from work long term they should also put you on a higher rate of UC, bit it can take some time to get assessed for that. Definitely push for what you're entitled to! 
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    Gavin · 17 days ago
    If you go on gov't website it will direct you to entitlement calculator.  I did this I am on legacy and found my money was right.  However on looking at UC I will be £50 a week worse off.  Isn't this ilegal? As this issue was taken to the Supreme Court? Just asking
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      Lexi · 17 days ago
      @Gavin Gavin i lost more than that as force on UC i have to pay council tax nhs prescription and more heating bills cost of living, i am willing to go to prison with my medication i dont need crb check anymore so prison will be my home soon.
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    Batist · 18 days ago
    There isn't any credible list with the areas that are next to be moved to u.c from the old benefits  it seems like they pull these area codes out of a hat . I live at York and  want to know when we at York will be moved from esa onto uc but cant find any info on that ; its like the DWP have some sick thrill  with their policies of secrecy. They want claimants to be " open" and forthright yet they are about as open and as forthright as a bank volt .
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    Doctor · 18 days ago
    I’m extremely concerned about this forced migration, as a claimant of income related ESA I do not know, and have had no information from the DWP about…
    - Why they are doing this?
    - What do I have to do and what happens if I don’t want to, where’s my right of appeal?
    - Will I be better or worse off?
    - For those who also receive PIP and score points on budgeting issues, has any thought been given to a monthly payment being given instead of a bi-weekly, meaning their issues could be made worse.
    - Are there any changes to the WCA or the “fine print” so to speak. 

    And I think Santa will win the Eurovision Song Contest before the DWP sent out more than a standard, un-personalised letter that deliberately misinforms or uses threatening language to get you to do as they say. 

    I’d like to thank Benefits and Work for giving me the confidence to attack these unfair practices over the years. I am on an award that I am entitled to, and I am satisfied with this but an EXTREMELY concerned with this forced migration. (I don’t deal well with change) But thanks to you guys I’ve been able to translate the DWP forms from gibberish to English, and know what to say and look out for to avoid dodgy practices, of which I have been subject to. (See my other comment)
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      Keith Farrell · 18 days ago
      @Doctor Personally, I don’t know why the DWP want to force the change. They have all the information. Including what you get. You should not have to apply. They should move you onto the new system if that’s what they feel. 
      forcing a disabled person to reapply and go through the assessments all over again. Is not only wrong but immoral. Cutting peoples benefits to a lower amount is also wrong. Especially while we have this inflation crunch. Sadly I’m still waiting for the BBC and MPs to tell the truth about Brexit and the real costs to the disabled. 
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    S Williamson · 18 days ago
    I used to get ESA benefit, My claim was stopped immediately because they stated that they had sent me a medical form, I have not received any medical form and stated this, I have asked for my benefit to be reinstated and they have refused all they keep telling me is to claim Universal Credit as the ESA will be stopping soon. Because I have called constantly they have resent the medical form, I have now sent it back, but they claim they have not received it yet, I have been without money for 5 weeks I am on very strong medication and living on eating chocolate I have in the house. I called again today and have been met with the same thing that I must claim Universal credit. I believe they are deliberately doing this to me as they are forcing me to claim universal credit.  
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      Mandy · 18 days ago
      @S Williamson Hi. Iam totally. Concerned  about this uc apparently  they are reducing  benefits  payments by 3%  WHY what gives them the rights to do that. I dont want to go on uc its to much hastle  for one and second they. Doing reductions. Its wrong 

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