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Claimants of employment and support allowance (ESA) and tax credits will suffer financially because they have not been included in increases given to universal credit (UC) claimants and may lose transitional protection, the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) warned yesterday.

The DBC, whose members include over 100 charities, has told the government in an open letter that the £20 increase in universal credit will not apply to claimants of legacy benefits such as ESA. They are asking that ESA claimants receive a similar uplift and also that the extra money for claimants in the work-related activity group and its UC equivalent is restored.

In addition, the DBC has pointed out that disabled workers who lose their jobs in the coming months because of an economic downturn will have no transitional protection when they are obliged to claim UC.

The DBC state:

“Any Working Tax Credit (WTC) claimant who loses their job over the coming few months will not be able to continue claiming WTC and will have to claim UC instead. This means they will lose Transitional Protection (TP). As you know, this is a temporary top-up payment that would have been added to their UC to offset any losses, when the DWP eventually transferred them from WTC – but it is not payable when you move to UC because of a change of circumstances, such as job loss.

“Disabled people in work and parents of disabled children stand to lose far more than most people if they lose TP – sometimes amounting to thousands of pounds a year. This will make it even more difficult for them to recover from the economic shock of the next few months.”

The DBC has put forward a number of other suggestions for changes to the benefits system to help claimants through the coming months, including:

Converting UC advance into non-repayable grants

Suspending work-related conditionality and sanctions

Extending the time limits for returning forms because of the difficulty of obtaining medical evidence

Pay benefits in full where a claimant is awaiting a mandatory reconsideration or appeal

You can read the full DBC letter here.

Correction:  in this newsletter we originally said that tax credits would not be increased, this was incorrect.  Please see our Coronavirus updates for the current situation.

Comments  

#5 Whiskers 2020-04-20 01:19
Quoting dhiraj sthankiya:
Hi got my pip review and got standard rate didn’t get mobility allowance which I applied they turn me back decent time my nurse was bit rude
I am not happy with decisions so I don’t know what to do and it’s take 6 months get answers


Did you have mobility allowance before?

Take the PIP self test here.

https://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/personal-independence-payment-pip/pip-self-test

To see if you qualify and take it from there.
They have changed the criteria from the DLA requirements and made it tougher to qualify. Not being able to walk 50 M unaided no longer qualifies you as it did with DLA.

If you need electronic guidance though like a Sat nav you will qualify.
#4 dhiraj sthankiya 2020-04-18 14:02
Hi got my pip review and got standard rate didn’t get mobility allowance which I applied they turn me back decent time my nurse was bit rude
I am not happy with decisions so I don’t know what to do and it’s take 6 months get answers
#3 Lucy Miller 2020-04-09 12:57
Quoting Jennifer:
Hi I’m worrying myself over receiving a reminder letter today dated 31st March saying they haven’t yet received my completed ESA renewal - I returned this along with all my GP and hospital paperwork on the 20th March recorded delivery. Could the current situation be the reason ?

The post is definitely affected in some areas. Do you have proof of postage or tracking for delivery? You should if it was recorded delivery. As long as you can prove you posted it you should be ok and hopefully they'll take the current situation into account but make sure they know you sent everything and try to find out if/ when it's received. You can also try contacting the post office to see if they can tell you if it was delivered. Good luck. ( Btw I've had first class post sent that took 2 weeks so hopefully yours will turn up soon).
#2 Whiskers 2020-04-08 14:06
Hi Jennifer, there have bee problems with the post in certain areas.
I have had deliveries from ebay from Ipswich and Surrey, no problem in two days but one from Leicestershire is 14 days and still counting.
I would give them a ring and state that is has been posted and the date and time.
That puts the ball back in their court and that you are not ignoring their letter
#1 Jennifer 2020-04-03 15:02
Hi I’m worrying myself over receiving a reminder letter today dated 31st March saying they haven’t yet received my completed ESA renewal - I returned this along with all my GP and hospital paperwork on the 20th March recorded delivery. Could the current situation be the reason ?

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