Universal Credit: (Un)managed Migration Update

London – Tuesday 19 March 2019

Manchester – Thursday 21 March 2019 - SOLD OUT

Time: 13:00 - 16:30

Universal credit full service is now in place everywhere in the UK. “Managed migration” to the full service of existing claimants is now delayed (bar a small pilot) until 2020. However, the long delays in the transition to universal credit have left the door open for “unmanaged” (or “natural”) migration and increasing numbers of claimants have found themselves on universal credit via that route - sometimes losing out by large amounts. Questions arise in terms of the practical steps that can be taken to prevent or mitigate the harm from unmanaged migration as well as what aspects of the process can be challenged legally. This seminar will look at the current state of play (practically and legally) on these issues.

 Topics include:
  • Overview of changes to migration rules - covering SDP protection, mixed age couples, continuation of UC for those with more than 2 children etc.
  • Update on exclusion of severe disability premium recipients from UC and the transitional protection scheme for those who have already moved to UC and lost SDP - who can and cannot benefit? Process for identifying beneficiaries. Scope for “filling gaps” so as to bring someone within scheme?
  • Scope for arguments about returning to legacy benefits when UC is claimed incorrectly and claims are withdrawn? Particular focus on the DWP process for notifying LAs and HMRC to terminate housing benefit and tax credits when a claim is presented.
  • Unmanaged migration in the Courts: update on judicial review challenges to unmanaged migration - discussion on potential further challenges.

Relevant training materials and lunch will be provided and the seminar will carry 3 continuing professional development (CPD) hours.


Martin Williams is a welfare rights worker at CPAG. He is widely experienced in representing claimants at both levels within the tribunal system having worked in the appeals team at Lasa. He is an author of CPAG’s Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit: the legislation.

Owen Stevens is the Universal Credit London Adviser at Child Poverty Action Group. He previously worked for Greenwich Welfare Rights Service.


The Manchester seminar venue is Garden Court North Chambers, 3rd Floor, Blackfriars House, Parsonage, Manchester, M3 2JA

The London seminar venue is  Resource for London, 356 Holloway Rd, London N7 6PA

Booking a place

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Booking prices start from £105.45 for voluntary organisations and £145.35 for statutory and lawyers.

The seminar will carry 3 continuing professional development (CPD) hours.