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Sharing your experiences of Universal Credit with the media

AlexAlex Scope Posts: 1,324 Pioneering
Hi,

The press team at Scope are looking for people that have moved over to Universal Credit and would like to share their experiences with the media.

If you're interested and would like to find out more - please email [email protected]

Thanks,
Alex

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  • StagecoachStagecoach Member Posts: 13 Connected
    Just switched over to universal credit from j.s.a to find out that will not be getting disability premiums on it hence total claim is for £312. _ £26 advance repayment , so left with just under 290 pounds for month minus my outstanding gas bill of 50 pounds ,electric of 50 pounds ,, water of 7 pounds ,, tv licence of 10 pounds , and now council are refusing claim for reduction saying I should claim housing benefit ,, so they want 120 pounds a month so left with no money at all .
    Questioned work coach stating dwp propaganda of no body will be worse off when switching ,, shame now been ignored by work coach 


  • whistleswhistles Member Posts: 1,590 Disability Gamechanger
    This might apply to you. If you have lost your sdp, it looks as it you shouldn't?

    https://www.leighday.co.uk/News/News-2018/June-2018/First-legal-challenge-against-Universal-Credit-fin
    Do not follow me, I don't know where I am going.
  • SkyMary7SkyMary7 Member Posts: 59 Connected
    just signed up for universal credit and given award today. I currently on sick leave from work. So this month's amount is £546 they have deducted £678 from my 1209 allowance due every my £735 monthly salary and we receive carers allowance. This month my salary halves to 435 so this plus the 546 universal credit. My rent is 500 a month. I was getting 455 child tax credits plus 348 housing benefit. How do they expect people to survive and not go into debt. My statutory sick pay is due to run out and that's why I signed up universal credit to claim ESA. 
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 6,537 Disability Gamechanger
    Both CPAG and Leigh Day are looking for premium based losses to pursue also. 
  • kami24kami24 Member Posts: 402 Pioneering
    okay so very confused about stupidly named 'universal credit' ! I mean what is the name about for a start is it universal because anyone who just arrived here can claim it?? what a joke the whole system is and if I was mentally well I wouldn't bother with it all but like most people on this website I have 'issues' and so we have to deal with the silly system. I am confused by the  'extra money' amount you are supposed to get every month on top of universal credit ; is it A; because you are solely on pip or is it b; because you are assessed as having a 'limited capability for work' after their esa type assessment to replace esa?? needs to be a lot clearer...............also what is the silly wording all about ; 'natural migration' I mean come on we don't talk like that in daily life not even the posh lot !!!
  • kami24kami24 Member Posts: 402 Pioneering
    Just switched over to universal credit from j.s.a to find out that will not be getting disability premiums on it hence total claim is for £312. _ £26 advance repayment , so left with just under 290 pounds for month minus my outstanding gas bill of 50 pounds ,electric of 50 pounds ,, water of 7 pounds ,, tv licence of 10 pounds , and now council are refusing claim for reduction saying I should claim housing benefit ,, so they want 120 pounds a month so left with no money at all .
    Questioned work coach stating dwp propaganda of no body will be worse off when switching ,, shame now been ignored by work coach 


    shouldn't they assess you in the capability for work assessment and then give you the 'premiums' just wondering because surely they have to give you extra if you are on p.i.p

  • StagecoachStagecoach Member Posts: 13 Connected
    The only way now you can get preniums is if you provide your medical records to them ,even though you had assessment  on p.I.p but apparantly that is a different dpt and irrelevant according to Blackpool payment centre  manager .
    So I have the grand sum of £291.00  per month to live on and then my p.I.p which now has to pay for some of my bills ,as I do not like going out and socialising ,, my t.v is my entertainment .
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 6,537 Disability Gamechanger
    SDP etc. no longer exist for UC so it's an instant drop in some cases. The whole mess of transitional protection is something to leave for another day.
  • StagecoachStagecoach Member Posts: 13 Connected
    Makes me mad because they keep preaching about no one will be out of pocket yet here we all are worse off 
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