Universal credit: Transitional protection

The Government have said that anyone that is ‘managed migrated’ over to Universal Credit in the formal exercise by DWP will not lose out in cash terms where their circumstances remain the same. In order to ensure this happens, if the UC award is less than the total being received under the legacy benefits, the new UC award (upon managed migration) will include a transitional protection in the form of an additional amount to broadly make up the difference between UC amount awarded and what the claimant was receiving in total from legacy benefits (for example tax credits).

The managed migration process, including the calculation of transitional protection, is being trialled under a pilot phase, which started in July 2019 and was to run until July 2020, although the pilot was suspended in March 2020 due to the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak in the UK.

The managed migration process, including the calculation of transitional protection, is being trialled under a pilot phase, which started in July 2019 and was to run until July 2020, although the pilot was suspended in March 2020 due to the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak in the UK.

The migration regulations were published in July 2019 (Northern Ireland equivalent).  The regulations for the pilot are the same as those previously published in draft form in November 2018, however they also include a limit on the number of cases that can be migrated under the pilot (test) phase. This means no more than 10,000 claimants can be moved across as part of this pilot and under these regulations.

It has been confirmed that Parliament will be given a further vote before the migration exercise is scaled up to the remaining legacy benefit caseload.

DWP's intention is to take remaining tax credit claimants (and other legacy benefit claimants) through the managed migration process between November 2020 and September 2024. 

Last reviewed/updated 2 June 2020