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Sick note

Been given a month sick note by my doctor for a month . Went to the job center and they said I have to claim uc . I's this right 

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

    New claims for Income Related ESA are no longer possible. New style ESA maybe possible depending on your NI contributions from working between April 2016 and March 2018.

    Claiming UC also depends on your circumstances. Living with a partner that works, savings/capitol of £16,000 and over will mean you won't be entitled to claim. If you live with a partner then you claim as a couple. A sick note from your GP doesn't automatically entitle you to limited capability for work for UC and Job searches/work focused interviews will most likely still be needed but this will depend on your claimant commitment.

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  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,653 Disability Gamechanger
    Welcome to the community @cleoptra12! I hope the advice from @poppy123456 helps, if you need anything else then please do not hesitate to ask :)
    Scope

  • cleoptra12cleoptra12 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Why can't u claim uc if u get a disability premium
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    This will be the severe disability premium. What benefits do you claim please?
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  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,998

    Scope community team

    Why can't u claim uc if u get a disability premium
    Hello @cleoptra12 and welcome to the community. 
    If you currently get Severe Disability Premium (SDP) you're unable to claim Universal Credit currently because they haven't decided how it should be transferred over. So people that switched to Universal Credit before they made this rule lost money because there isn't currently an equivalent on Universal Credit. 

    If you do get SDP, you can still claim most legacy benefits. If you are able to answer Poppy's questions above, we could help figure out which benefit might be most applicable for your circumstances. 

    I hope that helps! :)
    Community Manager
    Scope
  • cleoptra12cleoptra12 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    OK thank you.Its just the woman at the job center said that I couldn't claim uc If I got a disability premium . I'm on job seekers and I get a top up on my jobseekers as I get standard rate pip. Not going to  claim uc as I'll only end up with 76.pounds and I'll have to go without money for 6 weeks .Which I can't do .
  • cleoptra12cleoptra12 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    A's I get a premium off them which covers me for my rent as well and if I lose my premium I'll have to pay towards my rent as well .
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    If you're claiming the severe disability premium in with your JSA because you live alone and no one claims carers allowance for looking after you then no you won't be able to claim UC. You'll need to claim Income Related ESA.
    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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