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UC is replacing Income Support, income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA), income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Housing Benefit, Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit.

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The standard allowance amounts are: ’ (see above for definition). One important thing to note is that if the person you are looking after receives a severe disability premium (or addition) within their means-tested legacy benefits, they will lose this if your UC includes a carer element (regardless of whether or not you are also claiming Carer’s Allowance).

The amount of your household assessable income Earnings are taken into account as income however certain claimants can deduct a work allowance.

Ms Bennett lives in a full (digital) service area and so is unable to claim Income Support as a carer (which is what she would have done prior to the introduction of UC) and has to claim UC instead.

’, and therefore most carers who are in gateway areas will not meet the gateway conditions, and so will still be able to make a new claim for legacy benefits.

If you are already getting a legacy benefit, and there is a change in your circumstances which would (before UC was introduced) have meant you made a new claim for a legacy benefit, you may now have to claim UC if you live in a full (digital) service area or if you live in a gateway area and meet all of the gateway conditions.

It is important to seek advice if you are already getting a legacy benefit and there will be a change in your circumstances, as for some people UC will be less money than legacy benefits.

The exception to this is if you are in a full (digital) service area, but have three or more children, you will generally not be able to make a new claim for UC and will still be able to make a claim for legacy benefits.

Example: Ms Bennett resigns from her job to look after her daughter, and claims Carer’s Allowance.

If you want to find out whether your area is a full (digital) service area or a gateway area then you can enter your postcode on a website called Revenue Benefits, and it gives you this information.

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