Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
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ESA contribution based ? effected by making a UC claim ?

Family member is on ESA contribution based (CB) support group and has been since 10/01/18.
Is she makes an application for child tax credit in a UC rolled out area this has to be via a UC claim.
Will UC claim change anything about the CB ESA. ?
The CB ESA is working well for her and no wish to change it .  
In addition do DWP need all rent details on the UC form if the claimant just wants to claim child tax credit  and not housing benefit ?
Early response would help Thank you.


  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger

    The ESA will be deducted £ 1 for £1 from the UC claim.

    If a claim for UC is made then housing benefit will also be transferred to UC.  Housing benefit will be paid for a further 2 weeks after the claim for UC is started. If renting privately a tenancy agreement will be needed for the housing element of UC to be paid.

    May i ask why the person doesn't already claim tax credits?
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • MagnoliabloomMagnoliabloom Member Posts: 30 Connected
    It is more complicated. Person in receipt of ESA CB. Child living 50:50 time with two seperated parents.  My relative and her boyfriend ( father of child) made claim for child Tax credits and it was allowed as apparently child's mother was not collecting child tax credits for her.  Relative started a UC claim but did not commit at the end .  Now does not want housing benefit but as result of UC claim - UC told tax credit stop the Child tax credits and close claim.
    UC is shambles and advantages disabled people.
    more when i can  but reluctant now to try get TC back by a UC claim as they talk about NEW ESA and that is worry. why should ESA  CB change at all ?
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