Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
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Joint to single claim

I'm currently receiving ESA in the support group as a joint claim and my husband has gone. When I ring up to report a change in circumstances and change to a single claim will this trigger universal credit or will I stay in ESA as a single claimant.

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

    It depends who the main claimant is yourself or your husband?
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  • andielouandielou Member Posts: 4 Listener
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Then you'll be able to continue your claim as a single person you just need to ring ESA and report the changes.
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  • andielouandielou Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Is that for definete? So I won't have to change to universal credit
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    It won't prompt a move to UC because it's your ESA claim. If it was your husbands then that would have prompted a move across.
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  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,924

    Scope community team

    Hi @andielou and welcome to the community. :)
    Poppy is correct, this won't trigger a change to Universal Credit as you are the main claimant. 
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  • andielouandielou Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Thank god I'm panicking about money for the kids and the bills cheers
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