Natural migration in universal credit

March 2019

This new briefing looks at natural migration. Natural migration is the movement of people on to universal credit from other benefits when their circumstances change in a way which would normally create eligibility for a new claim for one of the benefits being replaced by universal credit, but instead creates eligibility for universal credit.

We look at:

  • What natural migration is and who it affects
  • The problems with claiming universal credit, including incorrect advice about claiming
  • The people who will lose out in the move to universal credit
  • Our recommendations to address problems