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I don't know which to apply for even after looking at the gov website, how do you know?
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Unfortunately, I don't have much information about your circumstances, have you tried contacting your local Job centre to get advice? I believe that it'd be more reliable than on a student forum.
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I think it depends on your area and the amount of NI contributions you've made or not. But I might be wrong.
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I don't know which to apply for even after looking at the gov website, how do you know?
You have to apply online.
First you have to open an account which requires proof of id and address. It is quite complicated so if you arent sure then getting someone to help you who is food at forms might be needed.
Once you have established your id and address, then you need to fill out quite a long complicated form. You may need to get help. If you feel unable then get a friend otherwise you might have to get someone at CAB to help you.

https://www.universal-credit.service...stcode-checker
https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit/how-to-claim
https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.u...isabled-people

Fortunately you can save your application, but be warned its complicated and you need specific documents.
It will take 5 or 6 weeks to get any money although you can ask for an advance.

Do use the helpline if you get stuck, but it will be very busy.
Dont go to the job centre as they will turn you away and give you the helpline number.

Universal Credit helpline
Telephone: 0800 328 5644
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
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What do you have, what is your illness/disability?
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(Original post by Pathway)
I think it depends on your area and the amount of NI contributions you've made or not. But I might be wrong.
I don't think I've made any NI contributions. I was working on minimium wage for a year.
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You have to apply online.
First you have to open an account which requires proof of id and address. It is quite complicated so if you arent sure then getting someone to help you who is food at forms might be needed.
Once you have established your id and address, then you need to fill out quite a long complicated form. You may need to get help. If you feel unable then get a friend otherwise you might have to get someone at CAB to help you.

https://www.universal-credit.service...stcode-checker
https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit/how-to-claim
https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.u...isabled-people

Fortunately you can save your application, but be warned its complicated and you need specific documents.
It will take 5 or 6 weeks to get any money although you can ask for an advance.

Do use the helpline if you get stuck, but it will be very busy.
Dont go to the job centre as they will turn you away and give you the helpline number.

Universal Credit helpline
Telephone: 0800 328 5644
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
yes but should I apply for ESA?
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yes but should I apply for ESA?
Yes if you thi nk you are eligible. You arent making much sense.
Income based ESA is included in your UC claim.
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Yes if you thi nk you are eligible. You arent making much sense.
Income based ESA is included in your UC claim.
the system doesn't make much sense tbh.
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the system doesn't make much sense tbh.
OK, but ive just explained what you have to do.
Ring them , but if you are unable to tackle it on your own then either a friend or someone at CAB may help you complete your application.
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You don't choose which one - your area/location dictates which one you are eligible for. If it is UC then you can claim ESA as part of the overall benefits (UC is a combination of different benefits)

Also, if you are on ESA, you may eligible for PIP (disability) which is paid separately from UC or ESA
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I hate having to do this but my father has been supporting me financially and he cant afford it anymore. Working is not an option for me. I was on ESA before but the system has changed since them. I have a feeling government isnt really interested in helping people who may need support long term.
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I hate having to do this but my father has been supporting me financially and he cant afford it anymore. Working is not an option for me. I was on ESA before but the system has changed since them. I have a feeling government isnt really interested in helping people who may need support long term.
Look just ring the helpline and take instruction.
Its fine you applying as your are likely entitled to it.
It is just quite a long and complicated task, where you need to fill the form out and have the right documents. If your area is a UC one, then thats ow you ave to get your esa. The link I gave you indicates whether it is or not and explains what you have to do. The sooner you put your claim in the sooner you can get any money. It is a 5 week wait I believe.

https://www.turn2us.org.uk/Benefit-g...iversal-Credit
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