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Benefits system about to change - welcome to the digital certificate?

Many people in the UK currently receive child tax credits, pension credits, disability credits and/ or working tax credits. In the past, if benefits changed, people's details automatically transferred to another system. This time however, the government is asking people to provide evidence of their citizenship, their ID and medical records to continue to receive benefits. By doing so, people are CONSENTING to be 'universally' managed via their receipt of benefits. RESULT - it is an easier way for the government to carry out surveillance of benefit claimants.

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Changes are coming to your benefits from next month as the DWP stops six different types of benefits, before moving people onto Universal Credit. These changes are expected to be brought in from October and will mean claimants will have to visit their Job Centres to make sure they are still paid, reports Devon Live. They will then verify their identity before accepting new commitments. This is being referred to as "managed migration" and will not affect everywhere at once. Instead, the first areas which will see changes are Cumbria, Lancashire, Essex, Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Southwest Wales, East Scotland, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland. Afterwards, Southeast Wales and Central Scotland will be next on the list. Then, the remaining areas, including Yorkshire, will see change.

The benefits being phased out are Child Tax Credit, Housing Benefit, Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA), income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Working Tax Credit. The DWP says it is currently focusing on people who are on tax credits but says the September rollout will also include a small number of "other legacy benefit combinations" as it prepares to move a wider range of claimants across in 2024/2025. The most recent statistics published in mid-August by the DWP show that between July 2022 and May 2023, a total of 22,190 households on tax credits (Child Tax Credits and Working Tax Credits) and the legacy DWP Benefits that are being replaced by Universal Credit (income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Housing Benefit, Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance) had been sent 'migration notices.' The majority (21,630) were only on tax credits.

"Extensions can be arranged for those who need more time to make a claim and support is available in local jobcentres and via a dedicated DWP helpline. Benefits are only ever stopped as a last resort after multiple unsuccessful attempts to engage with claimants."

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