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Why have we been transferred from ESA to UC and will this affect PIP?

shauncalshauncal Member Posts: 5 Listener
Hi my wife went for her assessment in early to mid January. She's just had a phone call saying she's being transferred from ESA to universal credit.  They told her that due to her mental health issues surrounding her physical problems she is not fit for work. Would this decision come from her assessment and would it have any bearing on her claim for transition from FLA to PIP

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

    I'm not sure why she's being transferred from ESA to UC, are you sure this is correct? The transfer process hasn't even started yet. Or was she claiming UC to start with and had a work capability assessment for the UC? May i ask how often she receives her payments?

    DLA and PIP are not part of UC.
    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.
  • Pippa_ScopePippa_Scope Member Posts: 5,856 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @shauncal, and a warm welcome to the community!
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    During this phone call are you sure they didn't tell her "she's fit for work" rather than "not fit for work" i'm thinking she may have misheard what was said and she's been found fit for work so they told her to claim Universal credit.
    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.
  • shauncalshauncal Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Thanks for the welcome she has been claiming DLA  from 2007 middle rate care and higher rate motability. She gets her payment monthly.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    shauncal said:
    Thanks for the welcome she has been claiming DLA  from 2007 middle rate care and higher rate motability. She gets her payment monthly.
    DLA isn't part of UC and neither is PIP.

    When she received the call from DWP are you sure they didn't tell her "she's fit for work" rather than "not fit for work" i'm thinking she may have misheard what was said and she's been found fit for work so they told her to claim Universal credit.

    I would advise her to ring ESA and ask them what the decision is on her work capability assessment. They are open until 6pm today and the number to ring is here. 0800 169 0310

    They wouldn't advise her to claim UC if they told her she was not fit for work.


    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.
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