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TOPIC: ESA to UC query

ESA to UC query 6 months 2 weeks ago #223744


Before I start my query, I'll advise you on the benefits my wife and I receive:

Personal Independence Payment - My wife receives Higher Mobility & DL; I receive Higher DL and Standard Mobility.

ESA - We are both in the Support Group, and have been since 2012, however, mine remains as Contribution Based, and my wife's was changed by DWP last year to Income-Related, giving us extra money (SDA). We never requested this, it must have been a GMS match. We don't have anyone receiving CA for us, hence the SDA addition.

HB - we receive this.

UC area: we live in a full-service UC area.

I have been reading up on the benefits of work in relation to mental health, and have spoken to a brilliant member of my local JCP about starting some 'Permitted Work' of less than 16 hours per week at NMW, in order to meet the PW requirements. I have completed a 'turn2us' benefit calculation, and financially we would not lose out, however, the lady at the JCP cannot tell me that if declaring PW would lead to a UC trigger. To trigger a UC claim would make us worse off (particularly if I cannot cope with working); until the transition period commences (whenever that will be!)

I have researched the UC triggers online, and cannot see PW being mentioned, but this isn't surprising as it's relatively unknown or used.

Any advice or signposting, please?

Thank you.

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ESA to UC query 6 months 2 weeks ago #223766


Starting PW is not a trigger for UC but you do need to be certain that it does not conflict with the reasons that you receive ESA and PIP.

Be aware, whilst there is no specific requirement for you to notify the PIP team about your starting the work, if you fail to do so and it is considered to be a conflict then it could disadvantage you if you haven't.

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