Universal credit: Policy changes

In this section, we summarise UC changes that have been announced but not yet implemented. This section does not include Coronavirus related measures which are covered in the relevant sections.

  1. From October 2021, the period over which advances will be recovered will be increased from 12 to 16 months.
     
  2. From July 2020, Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance (Income-Based), and Employment and Support Allowance (Income-Related) claimants will receive a two week run-on of those benefits during their transition to universal credit.
     
  3. From September 2020, the minimum income floor will apply to all gainfully self-employed UC claimants after a 12 month grace period. (The MIF usually applies to all new UC claimants unless they are within the first 12 months start-up period of their business or they have moved across as part of the managed migration exercise. The MIF is temporarily suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
     
  4. The timetable for transferring rent support, for those who have reached their qualifying age for state pension credit, from Housing Benefit to Pension Credit has been revised. The transfer of rent support from Housing Benefit to Pension Credit will be delayed by three years, to October 2023.
     
  5. The schedule for managed migration (the process by which the DWP will move people to UC from legacy benefits) is updated. The Government announced that the managed migration exercise will start in July 2019, with completion by September 2024. Note: The pilot is currently suspended due to Coronavirus so this timetable may change again.

Last reviewed/updated 1 June 2020