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Move to universal credit
Hi I am asking for some advice on behalf of my disabled brother. We have had to move him between two local authority councils as he needs to be closer to me for support (my mum had a stroke and can't support him anymore) So we need to make a new claim for housing benefit which now has to happen through universal credit, but this will mean his ESA stops and it seems that there will be nothing to replace it - he is going to loose a lot of benefit just because he had to move. If he was a managed migrant to UC then he would be entitled to a transitional protection payment so his benefits would not be effected, but because we are having to apply, he is classed as a natural migrant of the system and therefore not entitled to the transitional protection which would ensure he didn't become worse off. None of his health circumstances have changed, just his address and it looks like he will loose around £100 a week and also have to go through the process of application and assessment yet again. He is in the support group for ESA and new style ESA requires you to have national insurance contributions which he does not have as has not worked for years. Does anyone know what can be done? What replaces the support group ESA? We have had to fight for his benefits so many times and this seems very unfair. Some advice would be incredibly appreciated x