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Would claiming help with rent make them change me TO UC?
Hi I am currently on old style ESA have been for years... I live in private rented static caravan as I made myself intentionally homeless 1.5 yrs ago due to escaping violence I left with nothing apart from a carrier bag of clothes! Anyway I am paying full rent here she doesn't take housing benefit and I had to promise when I signed tenancy for this place I'd never make her wait for the rent that's all she needs to know as she don't normally take people on benefits full stop but I'd told her my situation and I had nowhere near enough to pay a deposit for a flat etc she took a small deposit/advance rent so she said as long as I keep paying her weekly I can move straight in! And I'm grateful but paying the rent weekly is wiping a lot of my ESA out and I found out recently I can apply for housing benefit and get it paid to me and I'd just use it to pay her? So I wanted to start claiming asap but then found out I can't apply for Hb anymore because it doesn't exist and I can apply for help from UC ? What I'm wondering is if I ask UC for help with my rent would that mean I'd have to then stop claiming ESA and make a new claim for UC? Or can I keep claiming old ESA and ask for UC help towards housing? I mean can I claim both at same time? I don't want to trigger a change over to UC because I'd lose even more money as I don't believe I get the top up money if I change over myself I need to of been migrated over by DWP?