Remaining politically neutral during General Election 2024


Under guidance from the Electoral Commission and Charity Commission, it's important that Scope remains politically neutral during General Elections.

While we understand that this period will see many passionate discussions and do not want to discourage open discussion, we cannot allow discussions which are purely intended to influence voting.

As ever, please make sure that your comments remain respectful of other people's opinions and keep to our online community house rules.

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 55,990 Disability Gamechanger
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    First thing you should do is check to see if any of your ESA is contributions based, if it is then this will continue because it’s not means tested. 

    You can use a benefits calculator to check entitlement to Universal Credit. As it’s means tested then you’ll need to put your partners details into it as well. UC is based on earnings received each month, rather than annual earnings. If there’s savings/capital of more than £16,000 you’re excluded from claiming. 

    If it shows there’s some entitlement then you should claim UC before you move in with your partner because if you do this then you’ll be entitled to the LCWRA element from the start of your claim. If your PIP includes the daily living part and your partner cares for you for at least 35 hours per week then then can claim carers element of UC for looking after you. (Providing no one else claims this or carers allowance) 
    The best time to use the benefits calculator will be after 10th April when benefits are due to be increased. 

    PIP will not be affected. 
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • Anonymous3643235
    Anonymous3643235 Community member Posts: 2 Listener
    edited April 2023
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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 55,990 Disability Gamechanger
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    Both of your savings because you’ll need to claim as a couple and your joint circumstances will be taken into consideration. 
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
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