Incapacity Benefit as income on UC claim

My clients are a MAC. They applied for UC in July, three days after his 66th birthday. He gets enhanced rate PIP DL.

The first payment statement includes LCWRA element, and also a deduction for Incapacity Benefit.

According to our HB systems, he was moved over from IB to C-ESA in 2014. His C-ESA then stopped in 2015 – he says he stopped it himself because he realised he wouldn’t ever be able to work again so obviously it was wrong to keep getting benefits (!).

Perhaps tellingly, the amount of IB they are deducting from UC exactly matches what he was getting in 2013 (but not what he was getting when it stopped in 2014).

So… we’ve asked them to look at the IB income as it’s obviously wrong. But I’m thinking this will mean he’s not going to get the LCWRA element straight away because there was no existing ESA claim. I am assuming even if he was getting NI credits then they would have stopped when he reached pension age (i.e. three days before the UC claim). Does this sound right?

Edit: I suspect the C-ESA actually stopped because he was put in the WRAG, but I’m not sure.

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