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Should UC be taking my ESA money from my claim?

dawnkdawnk Member Posts: 2 Listener
edited February 23 in Universal Credit
can anyone please help me. 
I claim universal credit and Esa (Support group). 
Should universal credit be taking my esa money from my claim? 
I have been told they should not be due to the benefit cap not applying to esa support group. 
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks dawn. 


  • calcotticalcotti Member Posts: 2,194 Pioneering
    edited February 20
    Yes they should. Any ongoing ESA payments are deducted in full from UC.
    It has nothing to do with the benefit cap.
    Financially receiving both ESA and UC is the same as just getting the UC. However you are getting Class 1 NI credits from your ESA claim (as against Class 3 for UC) and, of course, you get fortnightly ESA payments rather than just the monthly UC payments which can help you cashflow.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • dawnkdawnk Member Posts: 2 Listener
    Thank you very much for clearing that up for me. 
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 8,001

    Scope community team

    @dawnk, have you checked that you've been placed in the relevant group on UC as well? So for example if you're in the support group on ESA you should be receiving LCWRA on UC.
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