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Universal Credit claimants can be advised to switch to the support system from existing legacy benefits. In previous years, thousands of income support, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Housing Benefit or Pension Credit claimants were advised to move across to Universal Credit and in doing so, they stopped receiving the SDP top up payment.
For those who did miss out, they’ll be able to receive a top up payment of either £120, £285 or £405.
As Justin Tomlinson commented in mid-September: “I also want to update the House on the administration of Severe Disability Premium Transitional Payments (SDP).
“On July 22 2019, we laid legislation to provide additional financial support for former SDP recipients who had moved to Universal Credit on account of a change of circumstances.
“As at January 17 2020, we had already paid over 15,000 people, totalling more than £51.5 million.
“The UC (Managed Migration Pilot and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2019 provide for the conversion of these transitional payments into transitional elements.
“This means that payments will be made through the UC system rather than manually, and all transitional protection will be subject to the same rules.
“I will be signing a Determination setting the conversion day to 8 October 2020 and will place a copy in the library.
“This is when the UC system will have capacity to convert SDP transitional payments to transitional elements.”
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These transitional payments will begin to appear with usual Universal Credit income from this Thursday.
The specific amount a person gets will depend on whether the claimant is single or in a couple.
Additionally, the amount will also be affected by whether the claimant is expected to look for work.
At the moment, most legacy benefit claimants will not need to move over to Universal Credit unless they have a change in circumstances or the DWP asks them to.
To qualify for Universal Credit at all, a person will need to:
- Be aged between 18 and state pension age
- Be on a low income or out of work entirely
- Have less than £16,000 in savings
- Be living in the UK
Under current plans, Universal Credit will replace all legacy benefits by 2024.
Initial Universal Credit claims will take up to five week to process but people moving from certain legacy benefits will keep getting the payments for two weeks after they make the switch.
Claims for Universal Credit can be made online and the following will be needed to process an application:
- bank, building society or credit union account details
- an email address
- information about housing, for example how much rent is paid
- details of income, for example payslips
- details of savings and any investments, like shares or a property rented out
- details of how much is paid for childcare if a person is applying for help with childcare costs
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