Remaining politically neutral during General Election 2024


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Hi, my name is mickeymoush!

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mickeymoush Community member Posts: 4 Listener

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  • Beaver79
    Beaver79 Community member Posts: 23,632 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hello @mickeymoush Welcome to the Community. Have a look around and join in when you are ready. If you have any questions please ask. Take care.
  • Albus_Scope
    Albus_Scope Posts: 5,226 Scope online community team
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    Heya @mickeymoush and a big welcome from me too!

    It looks like you'd accidentally posted your discussion on your profile, so not many people will be able to see it.  Did you want me to post it on here for you? 
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  • mickeymoush
    mickeymoush Community member Posts: 4 Listener
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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,166 Disability Gamechanger
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    I just read what you posted on your profile so will reply to that. 

    When claiming Universal Credit because it's means tested then you and your wife would have been claiming as a couple. Entitlement would have been based on your joint circumstances. As you had capital of more than £16,000 then it's correct that your UC would end. This is because you now have the means to support yourself with your inheritance.

    Once your capital drops below £16,000 you can both reclaim UC. There will be a deduction of £4.35/month for every £250 or part thereof over that amount. 

    Your wife's carers allowance and your PIP will not be affected and will continue as normal. 
    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.
  • mickeymoush
    mickeymoush Community member Posts: 4 Listener
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    Thanks for your reply. It seems the system is flawed. Work hard all your life then when you get a disability you are on your own
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,166 Disability Gamechanger
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    The savings rule applies to all means tested benefits like UC, council tax reduction and all the old benefits such as housing benefit etc etc. 

    I don’t believe there’s any flaws in that and it’s not because you have a disability, it applies to everyone claiming means tested benefits. Thankfully PIP and carers allowance are not means tested so they continue. 

    If you have any debt to pay off you can pay that and it will not affect your UC. Paying off debt is allowed for UC and will not be treated as deprivation of capital. 
    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.
  • mickeymoush
    mickeymoush Community member Posts: 4 Listener
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    Thank you again for your knowledge of the system 
    yes i do understand that im lucky to inherited some money ,I am a worrier and procrastanate about the future having worked in construction for 45 years my body dont work like it used to im riduled with arthritas and ankolysing spondallitas ,and yes i do own my own home but for no thought of my own i will proberly have to rely on the benefit system for the rest of my life and yes im gratefull for what im awarded but it only covers basic living it doesnt allow for things like house insurance and maintaning a home  so what im saying is you work hard bring up a family do what are parents encouraged us to do to then see everything we worked for to slowly slip away from you 
    so if im am lucky to live a few more years im stuck with a home that i cant afford to run and downsizing is not a option as i have paid for all the adaptions on my 1 bedroom bungalow 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,166 Disability Gamechanger
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    Had you claimed New style ESA when you finished work then that would have continued when you received the inheritance because it’s not means tested. 

    Unfortunately when you claim a means tested benefits capital affects it and that’s the law. 
    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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