THE new Universal Credit trial location has been revealed as the controversial benefit system is fully rolled-out across the country.
Up to 3,000 benefit claimants in Harrogate will be the first Brits to join “managed migration” from July.
The Yorkshire town was this afternoon revealed as the first area in Britain to trial a major new phase of Universal Credit .
Managed migration is the second of two stages of the hugely controversial benefit – which charities warn has left people in rent arrears and turning to foodbanks.
Only new benefit claimants or those whose circumstances have changes have joined Universal Credit so far.
But the “managed migration” phase will see three million existing claimants will move over by the end of 2023 – with transition payments to protect their payments from dropping.
The transfer was meant to start this July, but was pushed back by a year amid fears people would be left penniless due to flaws in the system.
Today, Amber Rudd revealed Harrogate will launch the trial.
The Work and Pensions Secretary confirmed the announcement during a committee hearing of MPs.
She said the switch must be done “carefully” and be a “hassle-free process”.
The roll-out announcement comes after a mum-of-two has been given permission to take her fight against the Universal Credit system to High Court after she was left to live on less than £9 a month.
Self-employed Charmaine Parkin is battling against the controversial six-in-one benefit reform, after she had to turn to food banks to feed her children Arthur, 11, and eight-year-old Esme.
Charmaine was an actor for more than a decade, but the 34-year-old struggled to find work when she relocated to Hove in East Sussex.
The Liverpool Echo reports Charmaine is arguing in her legal case that by applying the minimum income floor (MIF) to her claim for Universal Credit (UC), she is left worse-off than if she were unemployed.
The High Court has now ruled her case is arguable and the judicial review can proceed to a full hearing on a date yet to be set.