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Advice on changing to a joint claim and DLA

deebronny Member Posts: 31 Connected
Good afternoon, I'm looking for some advice in regards to the disabled child element of UC.
Firstly, I am awaiting a tribunal for my sons DLA as obviously I believe he is entitled to it due to his extra needs. If hes awarded DLA itll be from 18/06/2019 so almost 10 months to backdate to. 
Next, I have been claiming UC since may 2019 and I'm about to make a change to a joint claim as my partner/carer is now moving in permanently to help with the daily struggles we face as a family.

Basically I am wondering if my son is awarded his DLA will UC also backdate the disabled child element to june 2019 even though I'll be changing to a joint claim (not closing UC account) as I wouldve been entitled to it from then had he been awarded it in the first place. I cant find any information on this anywhere so I am hoping someone here can help shed some light.



  • Adrian_Scope
    Adrian_Scope Posts: 8,578 Scope online community team
    Hi @deebronny. Yes, the disabled child element should be backdated to the date DLA is backdated to. There can be a delay in this because they usually send it to a decision maker and they can sometimes have problems linking the previous single claim to the new joint one (when you join claims, the journal and all previous statements will vanish and it's essentially a new claim), so it may come to you in two instalments. 
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  • deebronny
    deebronny Member Posts: 31 Connected
    Oh that's great to hear thank you so much. 
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 16,417 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello and welcome I am glad you hav e an answer to your query, we are always here to offer advice and support
  • deebronny
    deebronny Member Posts: 31 Connected
    I'm so glad I was able to get a clear answer, before making the change today I printed out all my previous statements to make it easier to link the single claim to the joint claim if the tribunal decide in our favour so thank you. I wouldve never have even thought about that if I hadn't have come on here 


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