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Going from UC to new style ESA

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CharlieRose256
CharlieRose256 Community member Posts: 68 Courageous
Hey all, hopefully this will be a fairly easy question to answer 

If I was to move from UC LWCRA to new style ESA, would I automatically get put in the support group, or would I need another work capacity assessment? 

I’m considering moving for a few reasons - supported permitted work, different NI credits. I’m aware that the amount of money I would get if put in the support group works out the same as being on LCWRA, as the difference would be taken out my UC.
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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,131 Disability Gamechanger
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    You won’t be able to claim New Style ESA unless you’ve worked and paid the correct amount of NI contributions in tax years April 2019 to March 2021.
    Although permitted work rules don’t apply to UC you do have the work allowance which means a certain amount of earnings each month are ignored before the deductions apply. 
    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.
  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
    edited October 2022
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    You should be automatically put into the Support Group from the 14th week without a new assessment.

    In order to claim new style ESA you will need to meet the NI requirements. See
    https://www.entitledto.co.uk/help/employment-and-support-allowance-contribution-based
    (Refers to contribution based ESA but the requirements are the same)
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • CharlieRose256
    CharlieRose256 Community member Posts: 68 Courageous
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    You won’t be able to claim New Style ESA unless you’ve worked and paid the correct amount of NI contributions in tax years April 2019 to March 2021.
    Although permitted work rules don’t apply to UC you do have the work allowance which means a certain amount of earnings each month are ignored before the deductions apply. 
    Dw Ive worked in that time period so I’m good for that 🙂 as usual, top notch comment thank you Poppy ☺️

    calcotti said:
    You should be automatically put into the Support Group from the 14th week without a new assessment.
    Thank you Calcotti, I much appreciate you taking the time to answer my question, I am grateful ☺️
    They/them/she/her pronouns please.
  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
    edited November 2022
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    Beejesus said:
    What's the point of going on ESA if all ESA is moving on UC for all applicants?
    Did I get something wrong? Is it even possible to go on ESA from UC now- when moving applicants already started and is expected to finish by 2024?
    A new ESA claim is for new style ESA which is a contribution based benefit. It is not part of UC and will (under current regulations) continue alongside UC.

    It is the old ESA which is ending and income based ESA claimants will need to move to UC.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
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