Reporting change in hours prior to WTC migration to UC - what happens?
My partner and I get working tax credits and have done for many years. I am 64 and work 18 hours a week and she currently works 30 hours, therefore we get the 30 hour bonus payment. In December she will be 60 and is looking to change her working hours to 16 which, as I understand the rules, still means we qualify for the tax credits award but not the 30 hour element which we fully expect.
We have recently had the flyer advising us to get ready for the Universal Credit move and I see on there that as long as we get a UC Migration Notice from DWP we would qualify for transition protection for a year if the UC amount we are due is less. However, I also read elsewhere that anyone making any adjustments to their WTC claim, i.e. change of income or hours worked etc, would skip the migration and be switched to UC via the normal process as a new UC claim.
My question is if my partner notifies WTC that she is reducing her hours from 30 to 16 before we get our migration notice does this mean that they will switch us straight on to UC without us going through the migration process and, therefore, we would lose that transitional protection? Should we just wait until we get the migration notice to make any changes to the claim? (my partner could work 30hours for a few more months after her birthday if it stops any issues arising).
There seems to be a lot of misinformation around and would like to hear others experiences or opinions so any help or advice would be much appreciated. Many thanks.
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