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. 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.
  2. 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 17 June 2021