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Universal Credit

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 211077, tabled on 22 January 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether it is her policy that there will be transitional protection for claimants entitled to the severe disability premium of a legacy benefit who move on to universal credit from 16 January 2019; and if she will make a statement.

Answered on

30 January 2019

We set out our position on transitional protection and transitional payments for claimants in a Written Statement HCWS1243 on 11 January 2019 and in the revised sets of regulations which were laid on 14 January 2019.

Since 16 January 2019 claimants who are in receipt of the Severe Disability Premium (SDP) or who have been entitled to an award of an existing benefit that included SDP in the previous month, and who have continued to meet the SDP eligibility conditions, have been prevented from moving onto Universal Credit if they experience a change in circumstances. Instead, these claimants will continue to claim legacy benefits until DWP move them onto Universal Credit where transitional protection will be available, thereby safeguarding their existing benefit entitlement.

The draft regulations also make provision so that eligible claimants who had previously been in receipt of Severe Disability Premium but who moved onto Universal Credit before 16 January 2019, following a change in their circumstances, will be considered for a ‘SDP transitional payment’. Eligible claimants will receive an on-going monthly payment and an additional lump-sum payment, where appropriate to cover the period since they moved onto Universal Credit. These regulations will be debated and voted on this year.