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TOPIC: Universal credit trigger?

Universal credit trigger? 7 months 2 weeks ago #220348

Hi, Could do with so.e quick advice as my son may have to lose a supported living provision we have been waiting for for years.
At the moment he claims ESA Support group and associated Disability premiums including SDP. I suspect if he makes a new claim for housing benefit it will trigger a new universal credit claim and he will not get transitional protection payments to replace the lost income if he has to apply now. There for he will lose a lot of money, Not to mention the fact he runs the risk (in the present climate) of losing benefits and having to jump through hoops to get UC. He also is claiming enhanced PIP care and mobility. Can someone please advise me as I don't want him to lose a lot of money but I don't want him to lose the change of his supported living either. Is there anyway of staying on the benefits he is on now until managed transition and make a new claim for housing benefit?

Also is there any other way to claim UC other than online for people who don't use computers or internet?

Best wishes
Diane Burrell (member)

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Universal credit trigger? 7 months 2 weeks ago #220373


If he makes a new claim for HB in a UC Full Service area then this can only be done as a UC claim and as a result, his ESA will be migrated across.

As of today, there is no Transitional Protection for what are called Natural migrations so he will lose any Premiums he currently receives as part of his ESA, however, the Government is planning to amend the UC legislation to overcome this problem but it looks like it will be a couple of months before this happens, they have said that any missed SD Premiums will be paid.


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