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Universal Credit Migration Update 2023-24

11 Oct 2023

Universal Credit are progressing to the next step of managed migration.

This will start on Monday 16th October 2023 when migration notices will begin to be issued to those people only receiving working and/or child tax credits. People who receive a migration notice should act within the timeframe.   

Once a claim to UC has been made, tax credits will cease and UC should be paid approximately 5 weeks after making the claim.

It is important to note that you do not need to act UNLESS you receive a Migration Notice letter inviting you to do so.  

Moving to UC before receiving such a notice means that you will not receive ‘transitional protection’ with your claim.

If you receive a Migration Notice letter

From 16 October 2023, people who get Tax Credits and no other benefit in Northern Ireland will receive a letter about the Move to Universal Credit. 

If you get this letter, from the Department for Communities, known as a Migration Notice letter, you must claim Universal Credit to continue receiving financial support.

Universal Credit Application Guide

An interactive, step-by-step guide to claiming Universal Credit online