With universal credit (UC) migration moving ever closer for some of our readers, Benefits and Work has updated its managed migration information with a new quick reference web page for all visitors and an updated, 28 page guide for subscribing members.

We now know that claimants who receive income-related employment and support allowance (irESA) with child tax credits will receive mandatory migration notices to move to UC between July and September 2024.

Claimants who only receive irESA or irESa with housing benefit have had their migration put off until 2028.

We also know that a significant proportion of claimants, as many as one in seven, who receive migration notices never make the move and lose out on hundreds of pounds a month when their legacy benefit payments end.

We don’t want any of our members to be in that number.  So, our ESA to UC managed migration - quick reference page will give everyone a clear idea of who is affected and an overview of how the process works.

Our much more detailed members guide ESA to UC – A Guide To Migration will take you through the whole process with links to lots of valuable resources and sources of help.

The sooner you begin to familiarise yourself with the process and the information you will need to provide, the better prepared you will be when you receive your Universal Credit Migration Notice through the post.

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    sandra57 · 17 days ago
    I’m on the support group of esa which I get through my stamps.   
    I received a letter from dwp letting me know about increase in benefit.   It mentions I’m receiving the money but mentions a date in November 24.   
    Does this mean that I’m getting shifted out of the group?
    I’ve been of work for 2yrs and couple months with fibromyalgia and other issues.  I’m still employed on my employer books and they know that I’m not fit to come back to work.    I’m also in receipt of my employer’s private health insurance NOT paid by myself.    This has been paid by private company called unum ( half my salary) and it’s ending around beginning of May this year.  
    I’m very frightened and extremely stressed about about the future can anyone advise me regarding employers privatE insurance ending and what my employer could do with my contract.   I’ve worked all my life and worked for 30 years with them. 
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      Elsie · 3 days ago
      @Robbie Hi Robbie
      I have been everywhere online I could think of because I too have letter starting only until November. 
      I've been in a really dark place since I read it as this is honestly my lifeline as I am completely housebound these days. 

      I can't thank you enough for clearing that up. 

      Thank you so much and may you have the best blessings ever. 

      Kind regards
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      Sandra57 · 10 days ago
      @Robbie Thank you Robbie for clearing it up.   
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      Robbie · 17 days ago
      @sandra57 The November 2024 date isn't connected with UC migration or being moved out of the ESA Support Group. It's because ESA letters are so badly worded and the November 2024 date is simply because the following week (the first week in December) you will get the £10 Christmas Bonus. ESA letters struggle to deal with more than one change in benefit rate so often cause confusion. Your ESA will continue as normal.
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    Justin@73 · 19 days ago
    I’m dreading this when I get contacted. I’m on ESA support group. I don’t if that’s an income relate one. I was awarded this benefit in 2014. Never had a review though. Not that it matters now. We’ve been moved about through the benefit system so much in the last 10 years.
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    S just a continuation · 21 days ago
    I have just lost my mums we lived together we was joint tenants, I get EESA and high rate pip on both I kave been told I have got to claim uc to continue the ct and he claim even thought joint tenants and I was on the rent account but she claimed theHB and CT It’s a mess
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    Tasha · 22 days ago
    I've just been told by my Housing officer that when I move from EESA to UC in going to lose £200 a month..I'm terrified, I'm already struggling, that's a choice between my electric bill or my rent! 😒
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      Shell · 22 days ago
      @Tasha I did a calculation recently and from tax credits to uc says I’ll be over £700 down how’s that even possible. Surely if the law says that’s what myself and others need to live on how can we lose such a large amount. No shortfall to be made to us. I’m really worried what I’m going to do also 
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    Laura · 22 days ago
    What happens with working tax credits moving to UC?
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      Jogo · 22 days ago
      @Laura We have just tried moving over partner self employed iam disabled they make it as hard as possible I didn’t go on sickness benefit when I had to pack in work through my health now 7 year later they are forcing me to claim sickness benefit which I won’t get because it’s past the 2 years I can claim on the 34 years national insurance I payed but it will cause a change in circumstances if I claim sickness now so we entitled to nothing feel sorry for anybody without children trying to move from tax credits to UC
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    Anneb · 23 days ago
    I'm Appiontee for my adult son on ESA in support group with severe disability premium and housing benefit. He won't have to move to UC right away, hopefuly not until 2028 with managed migration, but looking at the guide I cannot find out how I as Appointee do the UC claim form ?
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    Jeremiah · 23 days ago
    "Claimants who only receive irESA or irESa with housing benefit have had their migration put off until 2028."

    That's me and, thank God, I'll be dead before then.
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    MrFibro · 23 days ago
    Thank god a little over 12 months time i will be getting my state pension.
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    Ap · 23 days ago
    Will there be a gap between ESA and UC claims? As in, will there be a waiting period like there is in new claims?
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      Phil · 22 days ago
      @Denise I  get contrition Esa and housing benefit does that mean I will be until 2028 before I move on uc  anyone know ??
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      Denise · 23 days ago
      @Ap I only get ESA on it's own, no other benefits nothing, so I won't be moved until 2028 then.
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