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Change of circumstances and how it affects PIP/ESA/CA etc.

I am in receipt of PIP high rate daily allowance and low rate mobility, ESA support group with enhanced disability premium I believe.
We have four children ages 13 and under.
We have been looking at moving house because the area we currently live in is rural and we are wanting to move somewhere closer to all the amenities that we need to access often as well as maybe reducing the amount of rent we have to pay each month.
The worry we have is how it would affect our claims if we were to move, would we be transferred onto UC, would it mean having to go through the whole PIP process again, would we still be eligible for LHA?
These unknowns have made us reluctant in finding a new home, but it is getting to the point where we're feeling imprisoned by living rural, when our car breaks down it causes all sorts of headaches.
Any help or advice would be appreciated.

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  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing Team, Community Team Posts: 7,941 Scope community team
    Hello @Christ0pher and a warm welcome to the community.

    Unless you are in receipt of SDP (severe disability premium) which it doesn't sound like you are, a move would prompt a change to Universal Credit.
    This is because you would have to apply for housing benefit under the new local authority, which would be classed as a new claim. 
    LHA rates vary by area, so the amount you receive towards rent would be different in a different council authority, but you should still receive your same bedroom allowance. 

    If you switched to UC, your ESA Support Group status would become LCWRA on UC and would continue to be honoured. Your PIP would be unaffected and the move wouldn't mean you required to have another assessment for either PIP or ESA/LCWRA. 

    I hope that helps but any other questions, please feel free to ask.
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  • Christ0pherChrist0pher Member Posts: 2 Listener
    edited May 2020
    I have just filled out a benefits calculator and it gives me two results "income" and "after costs".
    Is the income the total amount that will be received each month? or is it the "after costs" figure that I should work our budgets off?

    I'm assuming that the "after costs" figure is the amount that we'd be left with after council tax & rent has been taken off the "income" amount.
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing Team, Community Team Posts: 7,941 Scope community team
    edited May 2020
    Hi @Christ0pher. I'm afraid without knowing more details it would be impossible for me to say. Which benefit calculator were you using and was the total it showed you for UC? Can I also ask if you are living with a partner and whether they claim Carer's Allowance for you?
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