From Wednesday 22 July 2020, people moving from an older 'legacy' benefit on to Universal Credit will get a 'run-on' payment of up to two weeks' worth of extra support.
This is good news if you're moving to Universal Credit from another benefit. It's something we've been asking Government to introduce, using feedback many Curo residents have given us about their experiences as the first in the UK to use Universal Credit.
The Department for Work and Pensions explains what this means in practice:
- If your existing claim of income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Income Support ends due to you applying for Universal Credit you will, from Wednesday, receive a new, additional payment, worth up to two weeks of your legacy award.
- Eligible claimants will receive the full two-week run on as long as you do not have a change of circumstance during those two weeks that would terminate the legacy benefit that's being run on.
- If you do have a change that ends the legacy benefit during the run-on period, you would receive a partial run-on.
The most important things to know are:
- The one-time run-on payment does not need to be paid back.
- It will be paid automatically to eligible claimants when you claim Universal Credit for the first time.
- It will not affect the amount of Universal Credit you receive.
Run-on payments will also be made for other 'premiums' that claimants have been receiving prior to moving over to Universal Credit. Premiums include Enhanced Disability Premium, carer premium or ESA work-related activity component.
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