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TOPIC: Severe Disability premium and Universal Credit.

Severe Disability premium and Universal Credit. 2 months 2 weeks ago #197687

Hi, thanks to this website I found out that I should have been receiving severe disability premium which I now get :) The £6k+ in arrears was lovely.
However, my area is now on Universal credit for new claimants. I believe existing (legacy) claimants wont move over to UC until 2019 unless there is a change of circumstances. I think when this happens I will lose my disability premium :( .
My question is does moving home count as a change of circumstances ? Even if it's within the same council area ? If so I could lose this allowance earlier than 2019 ?

any help appreciated :)

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Severe Disability premium and Universal Credit. 2 months 2 weeks ago #197712

dvdgremlin

Moving within the same Local Authority should not result in your being required to claim UC, the primary issue is when a claimant moves from one LA to another, which requires a new claim for Housing Benefit, so as long as their is no new claim involved you should be OK.

However, one of the big problems with UC is the training, or lack of it, that many DWP staff have, so if you are told that you do need to claim UC then get immediate face to face advice.

Gordon

Gordon

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Severe Disability premium and Universal Credit. 2 months 2 weeks ago #197754

Hi Gordon,

Many thanks for the quick response.

However, when you say I should get face to face with someone is that my local DWP JCP ? When I have gone in to them to get advice they have told me to leave as it is nothing to do with them and they only deal with the unemployed and not disabled.

thanks,

Peter

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Severe Disability premium and Universal Credit. 2 months 2 weeks ago #197760

I would not expect the JSA staff to be able to help. You would need to get face2face advice from a trained benefits advisor. Try doing an internet search for 'welfare advice' and your area/postcode.

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Severe Disability premium and Universal Credit. 2 months 2 weeks ago #197763

sorry but 'a trained benefits advisor' would be a charity worker of some kind presumably ? Certainly they can give an opinion but surely the only people that can make a definitive answer are the people that interpret the rules ? i.e. someone working for the DWP ?

I don't want to take advice that says it's not a change of circumstances within the same LHA to move and then the DWP say under xyz it is so I lose £62 a week. :(

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Severe Disability premium and Universal Credit. 2 months 2 weeks ago #197780

dvdgremlin

A trained welfare worker would be a professionally trained and salaried person.

Gordon

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