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Stressed and confused about which benefit to claim

BENJI123
BENJI123 Member Posts: 4 Listener
I have been left stressed and confused. I was left to claim uc because of a 1 off payment of carers allowed. I only get £324 a month plus work related extra. I was on alot more on esa. I have had problems finding out what I can claim. Im autistic and this has left me a a complete mess. I have applied for new style esa but is this the right decision? Do I just stick to uc....I am not coping very well with this situation and would love some help and advice.
Thank you

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  • calcotti
    calcotti Member Posts: 3,419 Disability Gamechanger
    edited November 15
    If you get new style ESA it is simply deducted from your UC and doesn’t change your total income. In any case if you have been on old ESA for some time you will probably not qualify for UC as normally you would need to have worked for six months in one of the last two tax years.

    Can you provide more information about what you previously got on ESA?

    I don’t understand why something to do with Carer’s Allowance would require you to claim UC.

    Are you getting any other benefits?

    It’s not possible to advise without more information about your situation.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • Alex_Scope
    Alex_Scope Posts: 296

    Scope community team

    Hi @BENJI123 and welcome, I'm sorry to hear you're feeling so stressed. It can be very confusing so it's totally understandable you feel this way. To help you get advice from our members more easily I've moved your post into 'Benefits and Financial Support' 

    If you can, take some time to look after yourself. You could chat to loved ones, or watch a favourite film, do whatever you need to feel relaxed and settled. Then when you feel ready, try and break down what benefits you claimed previously, and your current situation. Take it step by step. 

    Let us know if we can help you further, we're here to support you :)

    Alex
    Online Community Coordinator
    Scope

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  • BENJI123
    BENJI123 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Calcotti. I was on esa from 2014. I received the highest amount but I cant remember how much that was. I also received sda. 

    I am also on pip.

    I havent worked since 2010 but I was awarded uc. 

    My carer put in for carers allowance and only received 1 or possibly 2 payments before we realised that the money would come off both of our benefits 
  • calcotti
    calcotti Member Posts: 3,419 Disability Gamechanger
    edited November 16
    So it looks likely that your new style ESA claim will be refused anyway because you will not meet the NI conditions.

    Does your partner live with you? Even if they do and they claimed carer's Allowance I don't understand why that would prompted you to claim UC (which therefore ended your income based ESA claim.


    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • BENJI123
    BENJI123 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    No I live alone.

    I asked dwp what to do because I wanted my payments to go back to normal and they said I would have to claim uc
  • calcotti
    calcotti Member Posts: 3,419 Disability Gamechanger
    BENJI123 said:
    No I live alone.

    I asked dwp what to do because I wanted my payments to go back to normal and they said I would have to claim uc
    It's really difficult to comment because we don't have all the details.

    I am guessing that you previously received ESA which included a Severe Disability Premium. If so, when your partner claimed Carer's Allowance you would have lost the SDP. There is a warning about this on the gov.uk webpages giving information on CA.
    Effect on the benefits of the person you care for
    When you claim Carer’s Allowance, the person you care for will stop getting:
    • an extra amount for severe disability paid with Pension Credit, if they get one
    Your ESA would still have been payable but without the extra £67.30 per week that the SDP provides. The only way for you to have got it back would be for your partner not to claim the Carer's Allowance.

    If that is what happened there would have been no need to claim UC.

    You will now be getting a bit more money than you would get on ESA without the SDP but less than you got on ESA with the SDP. You cannot now get back to ESA with the SDP.

    As per previous posts your new style ESA claim is likely to be refused but even if it was accepted it would simply reduce the amount of UC you receive and you would be no better off.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • BENJI123
    BENJI123 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Ok. Thank you for your help.

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