Remaining politically neutral during General Election 2024


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smeggy
smeggy Community member Posts: 20 Connected
edited July 2023 in Universal Credit (UC)
I’m on esa and I’ve just had twins. I’m gonna update my uc and when it asks who is main carer if I put it’s spilt will they make me go for another assessment or not? Just worrying, my anxiety is going all over the place 

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  • Alex_Alumni
    Alex_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,561 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hello @smeggy and firstly, congratulations on your baby twins :) I believe you can put yourself down as the lead carer, there's lot's of information on doing this on Gov.uk:

    When you make a Universal Credit claim and have children, you will need to nominate a lead carer. If you are a lone parent, you will automatically be the lead carer.

    What’s expected of the lead carer in return for getting Universal Credit will be based on the age of the youngest child in the household. For example, if your child is under 1 you do not need to look for work to get Universal Credit.

    Your personal circumstances should be discussed with your work coach and the type of work, location and hours you need to be available will be tailored for your situation. The expected hours for work search are capped depending on the age of your youngest child and may be further reduced depending on your circumstances.

    As lead carer, your responsibilities will depend on the age of your youngest child, as set out in the following table:

    Age of your youngest childYour responsibilities
    Under 1 You do not need to look for work in order to receive Universal Credit.
    I hope this makes sense, and helps to reassure you, but please ask if you do have further questions- we'll do what we can to help :) 
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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,114 Disability Gamechanger
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    Congratulations. Reporting changes because you've had the twins will not prompt another work capability assessment. Whether you'll be entitled to any child element for the twins will depend on your circumstances. If you're already claiming for 2 children then there will be no changes to your UC.
    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.
  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
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    Could you clarify your situation.
    Am you getting LCWRA.
    Am you living with your partner.
    Does your partner work or are there also also also to get.
    If you get PIP? If so, is your partner your carer?
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
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