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ESA Support Group to Universal Credit?

Can anyone offer advice, please?

I was put into ESA support group earlier this year - although I am not on PIP. I am considering moving to an area which has a different local authority, where I gather Universal Credit is now being claimed. I gather that by doing so, I will have to make a fresh claim for Housing Benefit, so I will then have to claim Universal Credit instead of ESA. 

My query is, does that mean I will then get less money weekly/monthly by being put onto the UC equivalent of the support group?



  • janice_in_wonderlandjanice_in_wonderland Member Posts: 265 Pioneering
    I wish I could help answer this question as I’m in a similar position myself - sorry n hope others are more informative 

  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,954

    Scope community team

    edited July 2019
    Hi @Trev121. That’s correct, as it’s a new council authority you’d need to make a fresh claim for housing benefit which would fall under Universal Credit.

    The amounts you get won’t be protected as you’re moving before being migrated. 

    To be able to say the amounts you’ll receive on Universal Credit we’d need to know a little more about you (whether you live alone or with a partner, whether you have dependant children living with you, if you’re over or under 25 etc) which may not be possible online.

    The basic rate of ESA and LCWRA are very similar but it depends on your circumstances. 

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  • Trev121Trev121 Member Posts: 32 Listener
    Thanks, guys, for your advice.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Trev121 said:
    Thanks, guys, for your advice.

    If you want advice then you need to answer Adrian's questions above because at the moment you haven't been given any advice.
    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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