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    • Aldea2015
    • By Aldea2015 8th Mar 18, 8:50 PM
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    Moving to UC after first housing benefit claim
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    • 8th Mar 18, 8:50 PM
    Moving to UC after first housing benefit claim 8th Mar 18 at 8:50 PM
    I have been unwell for a couple of years and had to move back home with my parents as I cannot currently work.
    For a few reasons I am no longer able to stay here and am about to apply for housing benefit for the first time.
    When I rang CAB they told me that if I made a housing benefit claim, I would be switched over to Universal credit.
    I'm currently in the ESA support group and also receive higher mobility PIP and standard care for PIP.
    Is anybody familiar with a similar situation and knows if I am likely to lose my support group ESA to the the 319/month universal credit rate? This represents a 180 loss of benefit income to me which is a significant as I will be living alone with no supporting income from me or a partner.

    Thanks for any thoughts and advice.
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    • venison
    • By venison 8th Mar 18, 9:15 PM
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    If you lived alone on income related ESA you qualify for severe disability premium of 63(?) a week. There is no sdp on UC. And if you are subject to "managed migration" sometime from 2019-22 you would get transitional relief.
    Someone will no doubt correct me if this isn't right, as UC is a complicated benefit.
    Last edited by venison; 09-03-2018 at 11:17 AM.
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    • Aldea2015
    • By Aldea2015 8th Mar 18, 9:25 PM
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    • 8th Mar 18, 9:25 PM
    If you lived alone on income related ESA you qualify for severe disability premium of 63(?) a week. There is no sep on UC. And if you are subject to "managed migration" sometime from 2019-22 you would get transitional relief.
    Someone will no doubt correct me if this isn't right, as UC is a complicated benefit.
    Originally posted by venison
    I don't get the severe disability premium - I assume because I am currently at my parent's house.
    As far as I know SDP isn't paid under universal credit - since I don't get it, it's not a loss I have to factor.

    I'm on the ESA support group amount, plus a little extra - so UC is significantly less. There seems just one figure for UC that I can see.

    Transitional relief - I assume this is a period of 'grace' on my current levels before my reassessment in may 2019..
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