What happens to my current benefits?

Housing Benefit

If immediately before claiming Universal Credit, you were getting Housing Benefit, you may qualify for the Transition to Universal Credit Housing Payment. This covers the first two weeks of your Universal Credit claim and is paid on top of any help you receive towards your rent as part of your new Universal Credit claim for the same two weeks.

The payment will be made to whoever normally receives the Housing Benefit, except if you are claiming Universal Credit because you have moved home. If you have moved, the extra two weeks’ Housing Benefit will not be paid to your old landlord, it will be paid to you, so you may be asked for your bank details.

If you think you’re entitled to this two week run-on payment but you’re not sure if you’ve received it – contact us for advice.

Housing Benefit
Housing Benefit is being replaced by UC (unless you live in 'temporary' or 'specified accommodation'). Therefore when you make a claim for UC, your HB award will be brought to an end. If your HB is ending because you are making a new claim for UC, then you should be entitled to a 2 week run-on called a Transition to UC Housing Payment.
Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credits
Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit are being replaced by UC. Therefore when you make a claim for UC, any existing Tax Credit claim will be terminated from the day before you claim UC.
Income-Related ESA, Income-Based JSA and Income Support
Income-Related ESA, Income-based JSA and Income Support are being replaced by UC. Therefore when you make a claim for UC, any existing IR-ESA/IB-JSA/IS claim will be terminated from the day before you claim UC.
Personal Independence Payment
PIP is not being replaced by UC and will continue to be paid. It is not considered as income for UC.
Disability Living Allowance
DLA is not being replaced by UC and will continue to be paid. If you are responsible for a child on DLA/PIP then your UC award should include a Disabled Child Element.
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
IIDB is not being replaced by UC and will continue to be paid. It is classed as income for UC and will reduce your UC award.
Child Benefit
Child Benefit is not being replaced by UC and will continue to be paid. It is not classed as income for UC.
New-Style Jobseekers Allowance
Contribution Based Jobseekers Allowance is not being replaced by UC and will continue to be paid. It is classed as income for UC and will reduce your UC award.
New-Style Employment and Support Allowance
Contributory Employment and Support Allowance is not being replaced by UC and will continue to be paid. It is classed as income for UC and will reduce your UC award.
Council Tax Support
CTS is not being replaced by UC. Let the council know about your new circumstances - they will need to re-assess your entitlement
Free School Meals / Free Presciptions
If you are entitled to free school meals for your child/ren when you move onto UC, you will continue to be entitled until 31st March 2022. To be entitled to free prescriptions, you must either have no earnings, or your earnings must be less than £435 per month or £935 per month if you have children / a Limited Capability for Work.
Carers Allowance
Carers Allowance is not being replaced by UC and will continue to be paid. It is classed as income for UC and will reduce your UC award. If you (or your partner) are getting Carers Allowance then your UC award would normally include a Carer Element.
Bereavement Benefits
The Bereavement Benefit system is not being replaced by UC. Bereavement Support Payment is not considered as income for UC, but Widowed Parents Allowance and Bereavement Allowance is.
Statutory Sick / Maternity / Paternity / Adoption Pay
UC is not replacing the Statutory Payment system. These payments are treated as earnings and can be 'topped up' by UC.
Discretionary Housing Payments
DHPs are not being replaced by UC. Depending on why you are making a claim for UC, the Local Authority may review your award. You can continue to get a DHP if your UC award includes a Housing Costs Element and the Local Authority still assess you as being in financial hardship.

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