Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
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not sure what to claim esa or universal credit

My daughter has left school this year aged 19 .Now im not sure what i should claim for universal credit or esa .My daughter will live with me hubby and kids .she gets enhanced care and mobility on pip ..She is severely autistic limited language and severe learning difficulties ,Not sure if one cancels the other out and i should just claim one .any help would be appreciated 

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 22,214 Disability Gamechanger
    HI and welcome,

    She won't be able to claim Income Related ESA because it no longer exists for new claims, unless you're claiming a severe disability premium in another benefit and she won't be claiming this.

    You will need to claim Universal Credit for her and she'll need a fit note from her GP to start the work capability assessment process off. UC is paid monthly and the first payment is 5 weeks after you submit the claim. She will receive £342.72 per month because she's under 25.

    You need to apply online here https://www.gov.uk/apply-universal-credit

    Hope this helps.

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  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Community Team Posts: 2,754 Disability Gamechanger
    Welcome to the community @Debra05 :) I hope the above advice has been helpful? Let us know if there's anything else we can do to help.
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  • janer1967janer1967 Community champion Posts: 6,397 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome from me too I hope the advice helps and your daughters claim goes smoothly
  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Community Team Posts: 2,088 Pioneering
    Welcome to the community @Debra05 :) 
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  • chiariedschiarieds Community champion Posts: 6,403 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Debra05 - & welcome to the community from me too. I'm sure you'll find Poppy's advice helpful in starting a claim. If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to say. :)
  • Debra05Debra05 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    thankyou guys the benefits system is such a mine field .
  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Community Team Posts: 2,088 Pioneering
    It is indeed @Debra05, it certainly causes more issues than it fixes.
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