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Change of address

Hi could someone please advise me I'm moving soon I'm on ESA I won't be claiming housing benefit as who I'm moving in with already claimed will I have to move onto uc

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  • janer1967janer1967 Community champion Posts: 1,484 Pioneering
    Hi If you are moving in with somebody then you will need to inform the DWP as this may mean going onto a joint claim as well as inform them of change of address. All changes of circumstances must be reported
  • laney1970laney1970 Member Posts: 65 Listener
    Not a joint claim I'm moving in with my son he already claims UC so will it be a change of circumstances and will I need to claim uc
  • janer1967janer1967 Community champion Posts: 1,484 Pioneering
    It will still be change of circumstances and could affect both of your benefits as if you are both claiming benefits . You need to get advice from CAB or welfare rights 
  • Lou67Lou67 Member Posts: 538 Pioneering
    @laney1970. Hi Iv just moved house I’m on ESA Iv been advised I won’t have to change onto UC as I’m moving within the same council,I really hope it’s right. 
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Administrator Posts: 7,030 Scope community team
    Hello @laney1970. If you're not needing to make a new claim for housing benefit etc, then no it isn't a change that prompts switching to UC. You should be able to just change your address with ESA. 

    Your son will need to update his UC to inform them you're living with him. Depending on what other benefits you're both claiming he may have a non-dependant deduction to his housing element for you living with him. 
    Senior Community Partner
    Scope
  • Lou67Lou67 Member Posts: 538 Pioneering
    @Adrian_Scope. Hi Adrian sorry for jumping on this thread, has the advice Iv been given about moving house within the same council, won’t trigger a move to UC. I haven’t phoned ESA yet to change address.
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Administrator Posts: 7,030 Scope community team
    edited June 19
    Hi @lou67.

    If you’re already receiving housing benefit, then moving within the same council authority won’t trigger a change to UC. I have heard occasions where people are wrongly told they’ll have to change but it should just be a simple case of changing address.

    If you don’t currently claim housing benefit but need to in your new home (and aren’t in receipt of SDP) then this would trigger a change to UC, even if it’s the same council authority.

    If you only claim ESA and you’re moving (in the same council authority or outside of it) and don’t need to claim help with housing costs, then it isn’t a change that prompts UC either. 
    Senior Community Partner
    Scope
  • Lou67Lou67 Member Posts: 538 Pioneering
    @Adrian_Scope.Hi Iv been receiving HB for the flat Iv just moved from so hopefully it’ll be straight forward if anything is ever straight forward lol youv  gave me a bit of peace of mind so thank you 😊
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