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Legacy ESA and claiming UC


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When a claim for UC is made I know this ends entitlement to an existing award of IB-ESA. Given that legacy ESA is a hybrid benefit with a contribution based component and an income based component with different qualifying rules I am not clear whether this means that a claim for UC ends the whole of an existing ESA claim or only the income based part. If the latter, a CB-ESA award would continue and presumably an ESA award which is CB topped up with IB would have to be revised so that only the CB component carries on in payment.

If anyone knows the answer and can direct me to guidance or regulations that spell it out I would be grateful.