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awarded sdp, and am getting an arrears payment of over £16,000. What would happen if I claimed UC?

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pabab22
pabab22 Community member Posts: 49 Connected
hi I was awarded SDP and I'm getting an arrears payment of over 16000, I am on income-related ESA, I am looking to move home and understand that if I get my own place and living alone I would need to claim UC for HB, will this be classed as savings by universal credit or will it be disregarded, from what I have read arrears payments of over 16000 would be disregarded till the end of my ESA claim but what would happen if I claimed UC? any answers would be great thank you!   
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  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
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    I think the applicable disregard is 12 months from the date you received the payment.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,016 Disability Gamechanger
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    If you're currently claiming housing benefit, you only need to claim UC if you move to a different Local Authority. If you stay within the same Local Authority you can continue with housing benefit.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • pabab22
    pabab22 Community member Posts: 49 Connected
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    thank for the reply @calcotti @poppy123456 i am not currently on housing benefit, so would that mean i have to make a claim for UC thank you for reply! 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,016 Disability Gamechanger
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    Yes a claim for UC would be needed if you need to claim for help with the rent.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,016 Disability Gamechanger
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    Are you on just means-tested ESA or is there a contribution based element? Asking because, if there were, you could retain that and claim HB without claiming UC albeit with a drop in income.
      Unless the OP is moving into Supported/sheltered or temporary housing, surely you can't make a new claim for HB?
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • pabab22
    pabab22 Community member Posts: 49 Connected
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    hi @Username_removed thanks for your reply im not sure, I'm in the support group does contribution mean you pay ni contributions? not sure if I have any contribution-based element? 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,016 Disability Gamechanger
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    Are you on just means-tested ESA or is there a contribution based element? Asking because, if there were, you could retain that and claim HB without claiming UC albeit with a drop in income.
      Unless the OP is moving into Supported/sheltered or temporary housing, surely you can't make a new claim for HB?
    DOH. Sunday morning. 

    Haha no worries. I thought i was going completely crazy ;)
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,016 Disability Gamechanger
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    pabab22 said:
    hi @Username_removed thanks for your reply im not sure, I'm in the support group does contribution mean you pay ni contributions? not sure if I have any contribution-based element? 

    It makes no difference because as advised, you can't make a new claim for housing benefit unless you're going to be living in either Supported/sheltered or temporary housing. Please ignore Mike's comment, as indicated here, he wasn't thinking correctly...
    Are you on just means-tested ESA or is there a contribution based element? Asking because, if there were, you could retain that and claim HB without claiming UC albeit with a drop in income.
      Unless the OP is moving into Supported/sheltered or temporary housing, surely you can't make a new claim for HB?
    DOH. Sunday morning. 


    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
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