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DLA higher rate to PIP standard. effect on Occupational pension in ESA

jandee03
jandee03 Member Posts: 1 Listener
edited March 2018 in PIP, DLA, and AA

Hi, my name is jandee03 and I'm new on here. Nice to virtually meet you all.

Please can anyone help me? I have been on higher rate care and mobility components of DLA for about 9 years. i was also on incapacity benefit  from 2008 before being transferred to the ESA support group. Because I had the higher rate care, this meant that my occupational pension was ignored as income in respect of esa and I was able to keep that too. now though, i have just been moved from dla to pip but only been awarded the standard rate of both. Whilst I am going to appeal this, I'm worried that the standard rate of pip wont be enough to keep my passport to ESA. I have tried and tried to find out about this  but I cannot find an answer anywhere. I really would like to have my thoughts straight before I speak to ESA tomorrow. ( all their computers were apparently down today)does anyone know whether this means im going to lose my esa?

this whole situation is so worrying, any information would be so appreciated, thanks in anticipation

Jandee03

Comments

  • CockneyRebel
    CockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,216 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi Jandee and welcome

    PIP and ESA are separate benefits, PIP is non means tested so will not affect your ESA
    If your ESA is contribution based then you won't qualify for premiums which require an IR element first as well as other criteria

    CR
    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • steve51
    steve51 Member Posts: 7,154 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @jandee03

    Good Evening & Welcome it’s great to meet you today.

    We have got lots of info & advice here on our site.

    There is many members who have already/still are going the same situation’s.

    There is also “Benefit Advisors” to hand on the website.

    Can you please let me know if any of these would be helpful????
  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Posts: 8,847 Connected
    jandee03 said:

    Hi, my name is jandee03 and I'm new on here. Nice to virtually meet you all.

    Please can anyone help me? I have been on higher rate care and mobility components of DLA for about 9 years. i was also on incapacity benefit  from 2008 before being transferred to the ESA support group. Because I had the higher rate care, this meant that my occupational pension was ignored as income in respect of esa and I was able to keep that too. now though, i have just been moved from dla to pip but only been awarded the standard rate of both. Whilst I am going to appeal this, I'm worried that the standard rate of pip wont be enough to keep my passport to ESA. I have tried and tried to find out about this  but I cannot find an answer anywhere. I really would like to have my thoughts straight before I speak to ESA tomorrow. ( all their computers were apparently down today)does anyone know whether this means im going to lose my esa?

    this whole situation is so worrying, any information would be so appreciated, thanks in anticipation

    Jandee03

    Much confusion here. The treatment of your occupational pension by ESA depends solely on whether you get means-tested or contributory ESA and then on the level of your ESA. It never had anything directly to do with DLA although it could be that receipt of DLA helped tip the ESA means-test in your favour. Without knowing considerably more of your circumstances than you may be willing to post on a forum I would say you need face to face advice to do the specific calculation.

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