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Housing Benefit

Hi 
Im trying to find out about housing benefit ive been to the local council to apply they told me that because the area i live in is a universal credit area i have to apply for that i was told by someone that i would be worse off i claim esa and pip im really struggling to pay my rent any advice would be welcome

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  • Dotty123Dotty123 Member Posts: 492 Pioneering
    If you get esa pip you get rent paid my esa stopped but I’m going appeal tribunal as got no money council paying my rent till all sorted 
  • fuzzyfuzzy Member Posts: 29 Connected
    Hi Dotty 
    Sorry to hear about your problem the council wont pay mine if i apply for uc ill be worse off 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    As you're claiming ESA and PIP, do you claim the severe disability premium on top of your ESA? Do you live alone or classed as living alone? Does anyone claim carers allowance for looking after you?
    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.
  • fuzzyfuzzy Member Posts: 29 Connected
    Hi poppy
    No i dont claim sdp im classed as living alone and my sister claims carers allowance
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Then i'm afraid you won't be able to claim housing benefit, it will have to be UC if you want to claim the housing element. Then your ESA will transfer to UC.
    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.
  • fuzzyfuzzy Member Posts: 29 Connected
    Thank you poppy dose that mean i would keep the esa and only claim housing element of uc or do i just claim full uc
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    No problem. When you claim UC your ESA will stop and that will transfer across. Your current ESA award will be honoured and you'll be given the relevant award for that for UC, this means that if you're in the support group you'll be given LCWRA but it could take a few weeks for your details to transfer across.

    When claiming UC there's approximately 5 week wait for your first payment.
    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.
  • fuzzyfuzzy Member Posts: 29 Connected
    Thank you so much for your help
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