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Hi, my name is Bob1! incapacity benefit in support group

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Bob1
Bob1 Community member Posts: 1 Listener
Hi back in 2005 was unable to work so got incapacity benefit in support group and DLA  then in 2013 was transferred onto contribution esa   support group and a later date was put on PIP  I had never heard of the disability premiums that you could claim apparently if you are on contribution esa you are not entitled to the top ups but back in 2005 should I have been getting a disability premium it's just so maddening because I get contribution esa am not entitled to cost of living payments get state pension next year am on my own now became widow 2years ago 

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,273 Disability Gamechanger
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    I'm not aware of there being a Support Group for Incapacity benefit, this applies to ESA only. Whether you were entitled to any Income Related top up when you transferred to ESA from IB will have depended on your circumstances.

    A couple of years ago DWP admited that there were underpayments for some that transferred from IB to ESA and contacted thousands of people. Were you contacted at all by DWP at that time? There's some information here regarding this. https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/esa-underpayments-progress-on-checking-june-2021/june-2021-esa-underpayments-numbers-affected-expenditure-and-final-update-on-checking

    When your partner was alive whether there was any entitlement to Income Related top up will have depended on your joint circumstances. Did you have savings/capital of more than £16,000 at anytime. Did your partner work or claim any other benefits theirself?

    Whether there's any entitlement now to the income related top up will depend on your circumstances. Do you have savings/capital of more than £16,000? are you receiving any pension?

    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.
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