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Universal credit

robinhood8robinhood8 Member Posts: 120 Courageous
edited October 2018 in Universal Credit
Good morning everyone or should I say afternoon I have been working for 35 years and now I have to give up work due to ill health arthritis CP I've l heard so many bad story in the newspaper about people being on UC been in debt poverty can't manage and now I have to go down this road after working so long I'm completely lost I have my appointment at the Jobcentre regarding universal credit happy death of any advice thank you
Jacqueline

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    Universal credit is a means tested benefit. If you've been working and paid enough national insurance contributions in the last 2 tax years and your area is a full UC area then you should claim New style contributions based ESA and not UC.

    Do you live with a partner that works and do you currently rent your home? if you rent your home do you claim housing benefit?
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • robinhood8robinhood8 Member Posts: 120 Courageous
    What would I do Without You poppy I don't live with my partner I have an appointment on Thursday 18th of October thank you so much for your advice you're a star x
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Happy to help! Do you claiming housing benefit at the moment?

    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • robinhood8robinhood8 Member Posts: 120 Courageous
    I get the standard daily living allowance can I get some money knocked off for my rent and council tax
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    How much you can claim for that will depend on circumstances. Whether you live in a privately rented house or social housing.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • robinhood8robinhood8 Member Posts: 120 Courageous
    I live in a council flat
  • Sam_ScopeSam_Scope Member Posts: 7,732 Disability Gamechanger
    You are a star @poppy123456 - we appreciate your support so much! :)
    Scope
    Senior online community officer
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Thank you @Sam_Scope! I'm always happy to help anyone that needs it! :)
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    @robinhood8 put your details into a benefits calculator and it will tell you how much you can claim. They are usually fairly accurate if all your details are put in correctly. https://www.entitledto.co.uk/

    As you're claiming UC don't forget to take your tenancy agreement into your local job centre, otherwise you won't be able to claim the housing element of UC. Any housing benefit you currently claim will stop 2 weeks after you apply for UC. It will then be paid as part of UC providing you take your tenancy agreement in as proof. Good luck.


    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 5,379 Disability Gamechanger
    Please check that the rent detailed on your tenancy agreement exactly matches your actual rent. Where it differs UC call this an untidy tenancy and may refuse to pay all housing costs until resolved.
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