Remaining politically neutral during General Election 2024


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ESA, Inheritance and citizens advice

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Heartman
Heartman Community member Posts: 15 Listener
Hello all. 
 Very soon I am due to receive an inheritance after a close family member has passed away. I think i'm currently claiming the income related ESA. My savings after the inheritance will be over £6000. Today i called into the Citizens advice centre - they told me that there is no need to report my inheritance to the dwp unless my savings go over £16,000. This is contrary to the advice i've seen on this page. Now i'm even more confused. Any advice/help would be appreciated. 

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,135 Disability Gamechanger
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    That’s terrible advice you’ve been given by them! Savings/capital of more then £6,000 affects means tested benefits like Income Related ESA.

    For every £250 or part thereof over £6,000 there’s a £1/week deduction. More than £16,000 and entitlement stops.

    Same applies to housing benefit if you’re claiming this. If you’re claiming Council Tax reduction all local Authorities have their own rules and some have a maximum savings limit of £6,000 before entitlement ends.

    If any part of your ESA is contributions based this is not affected. 
    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.
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 12,112 Disability Gamechanger
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    It's a shame really that well meaning but poorly trained advisors at the CAB continue to give out poor advice, if part of your ESA is income related then the capital limits are £6,000 and £16,000 anything between 6-16k will mean a reduction in ESA so yes you need to tell the DWP if your savings exceed £6,000, if your ESA is Cont.based only then there are no savings limits.

    2024 Election won

  • Heartman
    Heartman Community member Posts: 15 Listener
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    I am terrible at phone conversations - they fill me with dread. I've read that i could write a letter the dwp to inform them. Any advice about doing this?
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,135 Disability Gamechanger
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    You can but it's not very reliable because they don't often respond. The best way is to ring them. Do you have someone that can ring on your behalf? You will need to go through security and then you can pass the phone onto them. 
    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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