Universal Credit Managed Migration Pilot Starts
Benefit claimants in Harrogate in North Yorkshire will be the first to be transferred to Universal Credit by managed migration under a pilot scheme. Transitional protection will be available to those taking part in the pilot. Only once the pilot scheme has been completed and assessed, will claimants be moved over to Universal Credit in greater numbers.
Self-employed Minimum Income Floor Grace Period
Self-employed people whose earnings are low, may have their Universal Credit worked out on higher earnings than they have. This is called the Minimum Income Floor. If you have started your business within the last 12 months then the minimum income floor does not affect you for the first 12 months of your Universal Credit claim. The government have announced that they will extend this 12-month ‘grace period’ to all people who are gainfully self-employed.
However, this will only apply to people who have been transferred over to Universal Credit by managed migration from July 2019 at the earliest. Self-employed people who make a new Universal Credit claim or have a change of circumstance which moves them on to Universal Credit, will not benefit from this change until September 2020.
From Summer 2019, the Scottish government will take control of Funeral Expenses Payments. The Scottish government are planning to make sure that payments are processed more quickly than under the existing system and to simplify the rules on entitlement. This will only affect people who live in Scotland.
Universal Credit Advance Recovery Reduction
From October 2019, the maximum rate at which deductions can be made from Universal Credit, to repay an advance payment, will be reduced from 40% to 30% of the standard allowance of Universal Credit.
The period over which advances can be recovered will be extended from 12 to 16 months, from October 2021.
From Autumn 2019, young carers in Scotland will be able to apply for a Young Carer’s Grant. The grant will only be available for people living in Scotland and aged 16-17, or 18 if they are still at school.