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Universal Credit

With thousands of us with mental health problems forced to reapply for Universal Credit, we need urgent guarantees that nobody will be left behind by the switch.

Universal Credit is replacing several existing benefits including those that many of us need because we're too unwell to work.

At the moment, the Government are looking to push ahead with plans that open up thousands of people with mental health problems to the risk of being left without any income.

Under these plans, anyone on older benefits will be told that their payments will stop, and that the responsibility for reapplying for Universal Credit will fall squarely on them.

Anyone unable to reapply – for whatever reason – will be left not with their old benefits, not with Universal Credit, but with no money at all. It could leave many of us vulnerable to debt and make our mental health worse.

We want to see the Government change those plans so that everyone can keep their older benefits until they're on Universal Credit. If the Government can't guarantee that nobody will be left without their income as a result of the switch, we need to see MPs voting against these regulations.

Important update

Secretary of State for the Department for Work and Pensions, Amber Rudd has decided to delay the vote on these plans and has announced several changes including plans for a pilot of 10,000 people who currently need support from the benefit system. We hope this signals an important change to their approach to moving people over to Universal credit. But there is still a long way to go to make sure that people don't risk losing their income as part of the switch over. You can take a look at our full response to the changes to current proposals for Universal Credit. Keep checking this webpage, visit our News page or sign-up as a campaigner for updates.

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Worried about how Universal Credit might impact you?

Take a look at some of our frequently asked questions.

The issue explained

The Government's latest plans for the roll-out of Universal Credit opens up thousands of people with mental health problems to the risk of being left without any income at all.

But there is another way of doing things.

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Our position

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey, made a misleading speech in Parliament suggesting Mind welcomes their latest plan. Mind's Director of External Relations, Sophie Corlett, set the record straight on Channel 4 News.

Watch Sophie's interview

Your views

It looks like people who are unwell are going to have to take responsibility for the move to Universal Credit. Policy and Campaigns Manager, Ayaz Manji, shares some of the concerns from people with mental health problems that we've received.

Read Ayaz's blog

Help us fight

Toni received little support when moving over to Universal Credit and was left in a precarious financial situation. The new regulations have the potential to do the same. Toni explains in her blog why she's joining our campaign for change.

Read Toni's story

Current issues

We've heard from our Local Minds and campaigners that many people are experiencing issues with the current roll-out of Universal Credit.

Read about the wider campaign

Policy briefing

Want a bit more detail on the Government's new plans? Check out our briefing to policy makers for more information.

Read the briefing


If you're worried about how Universal Credit will impact you, take a look at our answers to the Frequently Asked Questions.

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