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How will claimants receving child tax credits be affected by universal credit?

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johnsmi
johnsmi Posts: 232 Forumite
edited 24 February 2015 at 7:24PM in Benefits & tax credits
Hi folks,

Just wondering if anyone knows how universal credit will affect someone receiving child tax credits (with the higher rate for a disabled) child, and what transitional protection, if any is built in?

Also as regards any transitional protection, what would count as a change of circumstances that would end the transitional payments? For example would it be considered a change of circumstances to end transitional protection if someone is the household was assessed as not longer entitled to ESA or DLA (PIP) or a lower assessment on those benefits?

I do undetstand that tax credits will end for those migrated to universal credit but I am confused about how the transitional protection works as regareds anyone presently on PIP or ESA (should those benefits be stopped) and would be grateful if anyone knows?

Thanks
John

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  • cardboard_chewer
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    universal credit is for new claims only at the moment. not aware of when existing tax credit claims will be migrated to universal credit but it won't be anytime soon.
    the national rollout currently in progress is for single claimants only so won't affect you (universal credit is available for families in a limited number of postcodes but won't be further expanded yet).
    if you are not in a universal credit postcode you won't be on universal credit anytime soon.
    sorry i can't answer your question.
    a lot will depend on the outcome of the general election this year.
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