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Hi, my name is Janet. I want the DWP to put me on income related ESA

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JanetLukeandMaisey4
JanetLukeandMaisey4 Community member Posts: 2 Listener
I have been on ESA contribution based for years.  I sent the DWP copies of my bank statements that they wanted.  It showed that I do not have £16,000 in savings.  I want the DWP to put me on income related ESA.  I have been trying to get in touch with the DWP for almost an hour, without talking to anyone, so I used this site - to see if I can get some advice.

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  • JanetLukeandMaisey4
    JanetLukeandMaisey4 Community member Posts: 2 Listener
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    I will have to call them tomorrow morning when they open.
  • Hannah_Alumni
    Hannah_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,912 Disability Gamechanger
    edited March 2023
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    Hello @JanetLukeandMaisey4

    Just to let you know, I popped your post in our ESA section of the forum, in case others have some advice. 

    I'm sorry to hear you didn't manage to get through to DWP today, hopefully you do tomorrow! 
    Hannah - She / Her

    Online Community Coordinator @ Scope

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,031 Disability Gamechanger
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    If it's the old contributions based ESA then you will need to ring them to ask them to assess you for the Income Related top up. They will then send you the ESA3 form to fill in and return with all your information.
    Whether you're entitled to it will depend on your circumstances. The best time to ring them is first thing in the morning when they open.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • SueHeath
    SueHeath Community member Posts: 12,420 Disability Gamechanger
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    Good evening @JanetLukeandMaisey4 welcome to our great group, i'm sorry i don't know anything about benifits that would be of any help to you, we do have some great members, but they may be busy at the moment.
    Just wanted to welcome you 
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