February 2013 – Universal Credit – Losing Protection
As those of you who have been on our training or regularly read these news items will know, when Universal Credit is launched, some people in receipt of current benefits will be moved over in a process wholly managed by DWP. For these claimants, transitional protection will be considered and applied where the total household Universal Credit entitlement would otherwise be lower than the total existing award of benefit and tax credit at the point when they move.
But claimants that move to Universal Credit as a result of a change of circumstance which makes them eligible for universal credit will not be entitled to transitional protection.
A partner leaving or joining the household
A sustained (three-month) earnings drop beneath the level of work that is expected according to their claimant commitment
The universal credit award ending; and/orOne (or both) members of the household stopping work.
Once transitional protection has ended it will not be applied to any future awards’.'
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