Harrogate is to pilot a new phase of the Government’s controversial Universal Credit (UC) welfare reforms, Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has said.
Ms Rudd told MPs Harrogate was chosen for the major trial of “managed migration” as it has a diverse spread of claimants.
Managed migration sees a wider range of claimants moved over to the UC system, not just people with changes to their circumstances, or those making new claims.
The Work and Pensions Secretary said that revised regulations concerning the pilot initiative would be brought before Parliament by July.
Ms Rudd told the Commons Work and Pensions Committee: “There has been a lot of interest in what progress we are making with our managed migration pilot.
“And we have decided to go ahead and do that in Harrogate.
“And that is being set up for early piloting as soon as possible.
“We have chosen them because they have had Universal Credit for three years. They are an experienced job centre. And they are an area which have both urban and rural claimants.
“And we will be making sure we have the opportunity to test and move as many as possible in an effective way so that we can really learn and demonstrate the success of managed migration.”
Almost three million people are set to be transferred on to the flagship UC benefit scheme under managed migration.