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SethLaa
SethLaa Member Posts: 111 Courageous
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  • SethLaa
    SethLaa Member Posts: 111 Courageous
    I am on Contribution Based ESA (support group), would there be any effect on benefits if I was to hold more than £6k in my account, thanks in advance for any input from Sethlaa
  • Pippa_Alumni
    Pippa_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,798 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @SethLaa, I've moved this post to our Ask A Benefits Advisor category where hopefully they'll be able to give you some information on this.

    In the meantime, you might like to have a read of this information on ESA from Scope's website.
  • SethLaa
    SethLaa Member Posts: 111 Courageous
    Thanks Pippa X
  • Debbie_Scope
    Debbie_Scope Member Posts: 944 Pioneering
    Hi @SethLaa,

    Contributory ESA is not means-tested so there is no limit on savings. Do check that you're not receiving both contributory and income-related ESA though as it's possible to have the contributory ESA topped up with income-related ESA. If it's just contributory ESA then there is no issue with savings. If you need further advice please let me know.

    Best wishes
    Debbie

  • SethLaa
    SethLaa Member Posts: 111 Courageous
    Hi Debbie, I only get Contributory ESA so if I ever become wealthy (haha) then I shouldn't have a problem.
    Thanks for your input X
  • Debbie_Scope
    Debbie_Scope Member Posts: 944 Pioneering
    My pleasure @SethLaa, always glad to shed some light on some of these complex issues with benefits. :) 
  • saramichelle
    saramichelle Member Posts: 4 Listener
    It's such a relief to find this group,being googling all day trying to find one.My partner has a terminal heart and lung deserve, he gets esa (they made us both claim esa) now he is entitled but mine has been stopped as I didn't get the letter for an asos interview so obviously I missed the appointment. I'm his full time carer n get carers allowance but now my esa has been refused they aren't paying him either even though he got his.I dont understand or know what to do.Can anyone help please.
  • Debbie_Scope
    Debbie_Scope Member Posts: 944 Pioneering
    Hi @saramichelle,

    I'm sorry that you and your partner's ESA has stopped because you didn't get a letter to attend a work capability assessment. This is usual practice in joint claims if one person in the couple misses an assessment.

    You need to ask for a mandatory reconsideration and see if there is a way in which a new assessment can be arranged. You might need help with this to build a case for good cause for missing the assessment. You'll need to focus on proving that you didn't receive the letter and this is really hard to achieve most of the time.

    Have you sought advice from your local CAB or DPO? Let me know if you need help finding local services to help you with this.

    Hopefully it can all be sorted out easily.

    Best wishes
    Debbie
  • BenefitsTrainingCo
    BenefitsTrainingCo Member Posts: 2,628 Pioneering
    Hi saramichelle,

    Unless you live in a full service Universal Credit area, as a carer claiming Carer's Allowance you can claim Income Support for the two of you. This will at least give you as much benefit as income-related ESA would have unless either of you are/were in the support group and is worth claiming straight away. 

    Lee
    The Benefits Training Co:
    Paul Bradley
    Michael Chambers
    Will Hadwen
    Sarah Hayle
    Maria Solomon
    David Stickland
  • BenefitsTrainingCo
    BenefitsTrainingCo Member Posts: 2,628 Pioneering
    Hi saramichelle,

    I forgot to add, that IS is means-tested though so any other income you have or savings over £6,000 may affect your entitlement.

    Lee
    The Benefits Training Co:
    Paul Bradley
    Michael Chambers
    Will Hadwen
    Sarah Hayle
    Maria Solomon
    David Stickland

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