Remaining politically neutral during General Election 2024


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Does family savings affect your ESA?

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coldste
coldste Community member Posts: 2 Listener
Hi all I’ve been looking around online and I can’t find an answer. Does family savings affect my? I know the rules you can’t have anymore than £6,000 without declaring it. And I have no where near that.  However if say my sister who lives at home with me and mum has for example £7500 in her own bank account would I need to let the DWP know about this? Only everywhere I look refers to couples and married people. 

On the .gov website it’s not exactly clear it just says the following

“You must report if you and anyone who lives with you starts or stops having £6,000 or more in total assets between you. If you already have over £6,000 in total assets between you, you must report any increase or decrease to the value of those assets.” 

So do I need to let them know, only asking because I got a letter saying my ESA is going up from April, and a booklet saying the same as quoted. So has anyone been in this situation before? Only my views are what’s in someone else’s bank account isn’t affecting me 

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,105 Disability Gamechanger
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    Your sister is not part of your household for benefits purposes so her savings or anyone else’s savings (apart from a partner you may live with) will not affect your ESA. 
    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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