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new style ESA contributory benefit support group

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HelenESA
HelenESA Community member Posts: 7 Listener
My husband receives new style ESA support group contributory benefit (non means tested as we have savings) for over a year now. He reaches state pension age 66 in a few weeks time but  has been made aware he can defer taking it till later f he wants to. So as to help him decide what to do can anyone tell me 1) Does his ESA stop when he reaches 66 his state pension age? or 2) does it only stop when he draws his state pension? or 3) Does it continue to be paid after drawing his state pension?

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  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
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    HelenESA said:
    My husband receives new style ESA support group contributory benefit (non means tested as we have savings) for over a year now. He reaches state pension age 66 in a few weeks time but  has been made aware he can defer taking it till later f he wants to. So as to help him decide what to do can anyone tell me 1) Does his ESA stop when he reaches 66 his state pension age? or 2) does it only stop when he draws his state pension? or 3) Does it continue to be paid after drawing his state pension?
    1) The ESA stops when he reaches pension age - ESA is a working age benefit.
    2) Whether or never he draws his State Pension makes no difference to the ESA.
    3) See 1)
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • HelenESA
    HelenESA Community member Posts: 7 Listener
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    calcotti said:
    HelenESA said:
    My husband receives new style ESA support group contributory benefit (non means tested as we have savings) for over a year now. He reaches state pension age 66 in a few weeks time but  has been made aware he can defer taking it till later f he wants to. So as to help him decide what to do can anyone tell me 1) Does his ESA stop when he reaches 66 his state pension age? or 2) does it only stop when he draws his state pension? or 3) Does it continue to be paid after drawing his state pension?
    1) The ESA stops when he reaches pension age - ESA is a working age benefit.
    2) Whether or never he draws his State Pension makes no difference to the ESA.
    3) See 1)
    Thankyou for answering and so quickly as well.
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