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Do I have to repay my backdated payment from ESA to UC?

Stacy87 Member Posts: 17 Listener
edited October 2021 in Universal Credit (UC)

I understand that your esa payment is taken out completely from UC payment. 

Can anyone clarify if it is the same with a backdated payment from esa? They have told me that it will be backdated to the 1st September. Does that mean when my statements are updated on the UC website, I would then owe the backdated payment to UC?

I have asked UC, however, they have not got back to me as of yet. 


  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 25,620 Disability Gamechanger
    If you were claiming UC at the time in which you asked for the ESA to be backdated to then yes, you will have an overpayment for UC. They will need recalculate all your statements from the date your ESA started to find out exactly how much you owe.
    They will likely reduce your UC further each month to repay what you owe. Or, you can keep the ESA backdated money to pay UC back for the overpayment.
  • Stacy87
    Stacy87 Member Posts: 17 Listener
    That's great. Thank you for your help. 


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