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Legacy benefits

Does anyone else get legacy benefits and if so how do you feel about not receiving the 20 pounds increase like people on universal credits are getting? 

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    Yes, i do but it is what it is and there's really nothing we can do about it. You can of course claim UC if you want but the extra £90 per month is due to end in April this year anyway.
    Community champion and 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.
  • angiecxxangiecxx Member Posts: 19 Connected
    Yes I had heard that it is due to end but I think it will be extended. It's an awful process to claim uc so I think I'll wait until I'm moved onto it.  I just think it's really unfair but as you have what can we do about it. 🤔
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    There's been nothing announced about it being extended. There are some bad stories regarding UC and some people are worse off when claiming it but not everyone is.

    If you're in the Support Group for ESA without the severe disability premium then LCWRA for UC actually pays more, if you work out the figures correctly and this is without the standard element increase. Your support group award will be honoured in UC and you will be placed into the LCWRA group.

    If part of your ESA is Contributions based then you will continue to receive this because it's not part of UC. However, if you claim tax credits, a claim for UC will end those tax credits too.

    You would benefit from using a benefits calculator to check entitlement but do be aware that ESA is a weekly benefit, paid fortnightly and UC is paid once per month, unless you live in Scotland and it can be paid twice per month.
    Community champion and 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.
  • woodbinewoodbine Member Posts: 3,729 Disability Gamechanger
    I have no problem with not getting the extra money, it is what it is, I'm not sure about them extending it as they seem to be tightening up the purse strings, so to speak.
    I look at it this way what you have never had you never miss.
    my advice is given freely and is correct to the best of my knowledge.
  • Girl_No1Girl_No1 Member Posts: 58 Courageous
    I saw an article in The Times where they were indicating the Chancellor is planning a £500 payment to benefit recipients as part of the Covid programme.  I can't recall all the details, but from memory it seemed it would be the same group of recipients who currently receive the £20/wk at the moment. 

    Even as I type this, I bear in mind, this is the same Chancellor who was reported to be considering a £500 bonus for everyone in the country (last summer) to boost the economy.   ;)
  • angiecxxangiecxx Member Posts: 19 Connected
    That will be interesting to see if he does or not. 🤔🤔.  I think it's very unfair that people on legacy benefits have been left with no support from the government. 😒
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Girl_No1 said:
    I saw an article in The Times where they were indicating the Chancellor is planning a £500 payment to benefit recipients as part of the Covid programme.
    I think the £500 you're talking about is to do with a test and trace support payment. It's not something that's given to everyone claiming benefits. If you've received notification from the NHS test and trace app that you need to self isolate and you can't work from home and you're claiming certain benefits.



    Community champion and 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.
  • MarkN88MarkN88 Member Posts: 768 Pioneering
    Girl_No1 said:
    I saw an article in The Times where they were indicating the Chancellor is planning a £500 payment to benefit recipients as part of the Covid programme.
    I think the £500 you're talking about is to do with a test and trace support payment. It's not something that's given to everyone claiming benefits. If you've received notification from the NHS test and trace app that you need to self isolate and you can't work from home and you're claiming certain benefits.



    Referring to this I believe, Poppy.

    https://headtopics.com/uk/rishi-sunak-plans-500-benefit-boost-for-families-amid-uc-turmoil-18078680
  • Girl_No1Girl_No1 Member Posts: 58 Courageous
    @MarkN88 yes, that's the (planned!) payment to which I was referring.  Thanks.
  • niknak7278niknak7278 Member Posts: 25 Connected
    Hello all 

    I’m a carer to husband and daughter and we’re all in receipt of legacy benefits.

    They could’ve at the very least applied the extra £20 a week to those in receipt of DLA/PIP and not just UC.

    Me personally they can keep it, what I’ve not received I wouldn’t miss when they take it away.

    Maybe they will announce something in the budget?


  • MarkN88MarkN88 Member Posts: 768 Pioneering
    Hello all 

    I’m a carer to husband and daughter and we’re all in receipt of legacy benefits.

    They could’ve at the very least applied the extra £20 a week to those in receipt of DLA/PIP and not just UC.

    Me personally they can keep it, what I’ve not received I wouldn’t miss when they take it away.

    Maybe they will announce something in the budget?


    Until the budget happens it’s all speculation anyway. 
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