Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
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I get UC, and have been told I'm being put in ESA support group. Will I have any backpay?

estpowestpow Member Posts: 16 Listener
hi ive been told that im being put in the esa support group. first claim esa in may 2020 . had phone assesment on 23rd of january 2021. desicion today. i also get u/c . can anyone tell me if i will have any backpay from either ? if so any idea how much . or will the new amount just start from now ? thanks for any info x

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  • woodbinewoodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,065 Disability Gamechanger
    Are you saying that you were in one group and have now been moved to another?
    I will now only offer benefits advice on PIP, and specific benefits advice for other people with Epilepsy. 
  • estpowestpow Member Posts: 16 Listener
    hi  well i have been in assesment stage since last may . sent esa50 off in november .only had my phone assesment in january.  and they said that i am in the support group. only had reply today ?
  • calcotticalcotti Member Posts: 2,738 Disability Gamechanger
    If you first claimed both in May then you will be due arrears from the 14th week of the ESA claim and the fourth payment of UC. 
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • estpowestpow Member Posts: 16 Listener
    ok thannyou any idea how much extra it will be ?
  • calcotticalcotti Member Posts: 2,738 Disability Gamechanger
    The combined ESA and UC total will be about £342 extra/month.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • estpowestpow Member Posts: 16 Listener
    hi again . i recieved ucd81 in my uc journal today . it says i have the lcwra . and thAt they will let me know if owed anything .  i just want to know . that if i am owed . when from . is it from when put first sickpaper in which was in august 2020. or when  first claimed esa tho in may . im baffled really . or does it just start from today . or last week when they made the assesment desicion . ? 
  • calcotticalcotti Member Posts: 2,738 Disability Gamechanger
    edited March 18
    calcotti said:
    If you first claimed both in May then you will be due arrears from the 14th week of the ESA claim and the fourth payment of UC. 
    As previously advised, for ESA the Support Group component will be payable from the 14th week of the ESA claim (assuming the January 2021 assessment was the first assessment).
    If the health condition was reported with a UC claim at the same time then, again as previously advised, the LCWRA element should be included from the fourth UC payment.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
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