A vote on when the next stage of Universal Credit should be rolled out should be paused until there has been more scrutiny on “major areas of concern”, warns the Commons Work and Pensions Committee.
Managed migration will move claimants from legacy benefits on to the controversial new benefit system and is set to be piloted next year before being rolled out wider in 2020.
The committee have voiced their concerns – shared by the National Audit Office and the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) – that the government has not set out tests to analyse its impact and has a delay until they can ensure that no one will be left destitute.
We've called on @DWP to set key readiness #tests and prove they've been met before it starts the next phase of moving millions of existing #benefit claimants onto #UniversalCredit. Read our urgent report out this morning ????https://t.co/BS3EQFzYAi
— Work & Pensions Committee (@CommonsWorkPen) November 22, 2018
There is also a recommendation that the five-week wait for a first payment to be scrapped – echoing UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston’s calls – as well as calling for run on payments to include all of the six benefits that Universal Credit replaces.
Currently, housing costs are paid for two weeks to help bridge the gap with chancellor Philip Hammond announcing that Job Seekers’ Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance are to follow in 2020.