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Benefit Cap & PIP HELP!!


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This is my first ever post on a forum so I hope this is the correct place to put this question. Apologies if it's not!


So I am currently receiving Universal Credit. I have just last week been awarded PIP. So I contacted my adviser through my journal twice in the last three days to enquire as to whether I am now exempt from the benefit cap and whether there will be a refund of the benefit cap already taken as my PIP claim started on the 10th May. My adviser has ignored these questions. So I contacted citizens advice for help and they have stated that the benefit cap will still apply to me because PIP doesn't affect UC in any way. 


Does anyone here know the answers to these questions please? I really just want some clarification on what to expect. I have never claimed pip before so this process is very new to me. 


Any help would be very much appreciated! 

Thank you. 

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There is a limit on the total amount of benefit that most people aged 16 to under State Pension age can get - benefits affected, benefit cap amount


Ok, what happens with benefits affecting Universal Credit,  is that it can take a few weeks before Universal Credit receives the information.   If you receive PIP, the benefit cap does not apply to your UC claim from the date of the PIP award.


Once the UC system receives  information, if any of your UC payment statements have been affected by the benefit cap, this will trigger an underpayment action.  This will be actioned by the UC Service Centre and you will receive notification.


What I would suggest that you do, is wait for your next UC payment statement to be shown on your UC claim online.   This should hopefully show that there is no benefit cap being applied.   At that point, send a journal message asking for the underpayment for previous assessment periods to be paid to you as soon as possible.



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Thank you so much for your reply! 

This makes perfect sense and I appreciate you taking the time to explain the process. 

Have a lovely day! :) 

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