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TOPIC: New Style ESA or UC re-assessment form

New Style ESA or UC re-assessment form 1 month 2 days ago #220932

My daughter has always been in the support group of DLA/ESA from birth. She is deaf/blind/autism. She is 30 and lives with my husband and I, and I am her carer/appointee/power of attorney. Will I need to prepare in advance to fill out a New Style ESA form or a Universal Credit form for November 2019 when her ESA is being re-assessed, as I also hear that testing of migration to UC will begin after July 2019 and she may be one of the 10,000 who are part of the initial trial. Our town is set up now for Universal Credit. Thanks.

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New Style ESA or UC re-assessment form 1 month 2 days ago #220942

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It's quite unlikely that your daughter will be selected for the initial trial, there are some 2.4m ESA claimants so the probability is less than 1% and that assumes a level playing field.

ESA has only been available for 10 years so was she on another benefit before this?

If she is affected then it will only be in connection to Universal Credit. The current plan is for claimants to have to make a new claim for UC but any existing ESA award should be carried over.

I think you need to have to hold off making any plans until the process the DWP will be carrying out is a lot clearer.

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New Style ESA or UC re-assessment form 1 month 1 day ago #220991

Hi Gordon. She was on Incapacity Benefit in Youth, Invalid Care Allowance and DLA before ESA. She gets Income Related ESA at the moment. Would that mean I need to look at drafting a Universal Credit form or an ESA 50 form, or both just in case as I would like to prepare myself mentally really well in advance and obtain support letters from GP's and Consultants before November 2019.. Thanks

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New Style ESA or UC re-assessment form 1 month 1 day ago #221006

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Are you sure that she is on ESA(IR)? I would have expected her to have been transferred to Contribution Based ESA.

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New Style ESA or UC re-assessment form 1 month 1 day ago #221024

Hi Gordon. In December 2016 I was told by the DWP that she is entitled to both contribution based and income related ESA. She gets £73.10 for living expenses. £15.90 extra money because of the disability income guarantee and £36.55 as extra money because she is in the support group. So in total her income-related amount is £125.55.

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New Style ESA or UC re-assessment form 1 month 1 day ago #221028

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So she is receiving ESA(CB) with an ESA(IR) top-up :)

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