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Transitioned to Universal Credit during ESA appeal, only backdated for the ESA duration?

Kaishadows93Kaishadows93 Posts: 2Member Listener
Hi, sorry if I've made errors with my posting (location etc). I've looked all over the internet and can't find any help.

Basically I was in the WRAG on ESA from around 2015 and was reassessed last year. The decision to keep me in the WRAG was made on 29/10/18. I decided to appeal the decision as I felt for years I should have been in the Support bracket (severe epilepsy).

I appealed the decision and I transitioned to UC on 23/11/18 since I moved out of home. I attended a tribunal on 05/08/19 and won. 

I received a letter stating that I have been paid £89.29 in arreas from the period of 29/10/18 to 22/11/18 and nothing mentioned about any arreas from the start of my UC (23/11/18) where I was placed in the LCW group until I won my appeal on 05/08/19.

My question is, am I due any arreas from the start of my UC claim on the 23/11/18 to my eventual win of my appeal on 05/08/19? I was placed in LCW as a result of their intial assessment decision and have now been placed in the UC version of the support group (LCWRA?).

It doesn't make sense that I wouldn't receive any arreas for the time that I was placed in the lower bracket from the start of my transition to UC (23/11/18)

Sorry if this doesn't make sense but I'm really struggling to make sense of everything


  • poppy123456poppy123456 Posts: 11,749Community champion Disability Gamechanger

    The arrears you received were from when you were claiming ESA, which is correct because you then claimed UC on 23/11 and your ESA will only be backdated to the date you claimed UC.

    UC now have to honour the ESA decision and place you in the relevant group for UC which is LCWRA, once this is done you'll be backdated the money owed to you, which is £336 per month from when you claimed UC.

    You need to speak to your case manager and ask them to send a MPG1 form to ESA for your award to be transferred across.
  • Kaishadows93Kaishadows93 Posts: 2Member Listener
    Wow, thanks for the quick reply. I think I understand now. Do you recommend I ring DWP on Monday or do you think leaving a note on my UC Journal would be sufficient?

    Again thanks for the reply. I dread to think how bad this must be for people more vulnerable than myself
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Posts: 11,749Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    You’re welcome. I would ring and speak to your case manager because they don’t always answer messages on a journal. 
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Posts: 2,427Administrator Scope community team
    Hello and a warm welcome to the community @Kaishadows93
    Please let us know how you get on. :)
    Senior Online Community Officer
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