Moving onto Universal Credit
When claimants on existing benefits move onto Universal Credit this is known as migration.
There are two types of migration: natural migration and managed migration.
Claimants in a Universal Credit Full Service (UCFS) area cannot make new claims to any
benefit that Universal Credit is replacing. These are:
Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA(IB))
Income-related Employment Support Allowance (ESA (IR))
Housing Benefit (HB)
Income Support (IS)
Child Tax Credits (CTC)
Working Tax Credits (WTC)
If an existing benefit claimant in a UCFS area has a change of circumstances that means they
would have to make a new claim to one of those benefits or credits, they will not be able to do
so, and must make a claim for Universal Credit.
The exceptions to these are:
where a claimant is receiving Severe Disability Premium (SDP) as part of a legacy
benefit or were receiving it within the last calendar month and still meet the SDP
where a claimant wants to claim housing costs because they are in or have moved to
Supported Accommodation or Temporary Accommodation. In these cases they can
still make a new HB claim and be treated as having underlying entitlement to
Universal Credit housing costs. This ensures the Universal Credit claimant still
qualifies for any relevant Work Allowance and remains eligible to apply for
Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) should they require additional assist ance