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Transferring to universal credit

AprilApril Member Posts: 102 Courageous
I have just discovered that my severely disabled son would get more money if he was on Universal Credit. He is on ESA at the moment. In the support group.
Does he have to wait until he is contacted, or can he request to transfer over to Universal Credit now?
Thanks.

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  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 9,278 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome I dont know the answer but I am sure other members will 

    If not contact welfare rights 

    Just wanted to say hi 
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,954

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    Hi @April. He can choose to switch to UC himself and just apply, he doesn’t have to be contacted first.

    Be sure to double-check your figures and ask any questions about UC before you make the change though, because he won’t be able to return to ESA once he claims UC. 
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  • AprilApril Member Posts: 102 Courageous
    Hi @Adrian_Scope,
    Thank you for your reply. 
    That's very helpful.
  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Posts: 3,229

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    Let us know if there's anything else we can help out with @April :) 
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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    Also to point out that if he's currently claiming the severe disability premium in with his ESA then he won't be able to claim UC. Also do be aware that the standard allowance for UC has been increased by about £90 per month because of Covid19 and is due to return to it's usual amount from April 2021.
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  • TeddyB22TeddyB22 Member Posts: 156 Courageous
    Hi. Sorry to jump into the middle of a question but how do we know if we are getting the extra Corvid-19 money? Does it say on your journal? 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    edited October 2020
    TeddyB22 said:
    Hi. Sorry to jump into the middle of a question but how do we know if we are getting the extra Corvid-19 money? Does it say on your journal? 

    It will tell you on your statement each month. It's in with your standard allowance, which has increased by about £90 per month. Total amounts as follows...
    Single under 25 £342.72
    single over 25 £409.89
    Joint claimant both under 25 £488.59
    Joint claimant with at least 1 being over 25 £594.04

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