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London mayor says expansion poses ‘significant threat of harm’ to vulnerable claimants

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has warned that the planned expansion of universal credit to millions more people from next year poses a “significant threat of harm” to vulnerable claimants.

Khan is calling for the rollout of the benefit to be paused to enable stronger protections to ensure claimants do not fall into hardship when they are switched from legacy benefits and tax credits to the new system.

Under the three-year “managed migration” process starting in July 2019, over two million claimants nationally will be sent a letter giving them three months to apply for universal credit before their current benefits are cancelled.

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The Guardian

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