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Now they’re messing with the time line for ESA move to UC

Andrew Dutton
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As part of the PM’s ‘moral mission’:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/disability-benefits-system-to-be-reviewed-as-pm-outlines-moral-mission-to-reform-welfare

‘We will bring forward the transition of those on the legacy ill-health unemployment benefit known as Employment and Support Allowance onto Universal Credit, thereby completing the full rollout of Universal Credit.’ – no details given.

They will bring it forward.

Having put it back in the first place.

Gad, gad and thrice gad….

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All ESA cases will have had a migration notice by the end of December 2025.

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How can they manage such a drastic shift?

Still no coherent policy regarding vulnerable claimants.

Today I dealt with an IS/HB/CTC case, disabled adult who is also a carer for two disabled children, adult with no access to IT or relevant skills,  just received Notice and panicking.

They will need a telephone claim, APAs, reasonable adjustments regarding attending the Jobcentre, WCA will be needed because adult disability has never been looked at,  and so on and so forth. There will be many more such.

People are going to fall through the cracks.

[ Edited: 19 Apr 2024 at 03:05 pm by Andrew Dutton ]
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ESA and ESA/HB claimants will start getting Migration Notices from September, I gather.


Looking forward to seeing a full plan for protecting vulnerable claimants.

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Andrew Dutton - 24 April 2024 04:19 PM

ESA and ESA/HB claimants will start getting Migration Notices from September, I gather.


Looking forward to seeing a full plan for protecting vulnerable claimants.

Good luck with that!

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This –

https://www.rightsnet.org.uk/welfare-rights/news/item/select-committee-chair-disappointed-at-dwps-failure-to-notify-committee-of-significant-change-to-universal-credit-rollout-timetable

- does not bode well for a smooth process.

Once again DWP makes an announcement to suit itself (and presumably to back up the government’s tough-guy talk of the same date) and the PAC, advisers, the public etc can get knotted.

Funnily enough I was assuring a very frightened ESA claimant that her claim would not go to UC until 2028/9 while at the very same moment, DWP was changing it all.

Instead of a carefully thought-through plan for supporting vulnerable people, we have the purely reactive ‘enhanced support journey’ – bung off a letter, wait to see who doesn’t reply, chase them, if that doesn’t work, think of something else.

Given the recent comments of the PCS regarding staffing, where are the resources coming from to support this accelerated scheme?

And how about we see an end to ‘natural’ migration now? Otherwise more people will be harshly punished for changes of circumstances beyond their control just as lucky others are moved to UC with full transitional protection.

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https://www.rightsnet.org.uk/welfare-rights/news/item/government-responds-to-call-from-select-committee-chairs-for-written-ministerial-statement-setting-out-rationale-for-changing-the-universal-credit-migration-date-for-esa-claimants

‘Our exact delivery approach and timelines will be informed by detailed planning and ongoing engagement with stakeholders. Backed by additional funding from the Treasury, we expect plans to be agreed by Summer 2024. Our current planning assumption is that we would begin notifying [ESA claimants] in September 2024, with the aim of notifying everyone to make the move by December 2025.’

Translated: ‘We didn’t know the PM was going to say this, we are flying by the seat of our pants to get this done quickly. Detail? Pah! That’s for wimps!’

And where has this additional funding been magicked from?

As CPAG has said, this is a dangerous headlong rush to get the job done – guess who will go under their wheels?