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ESA Income based vs contributions
I am confused by the differences between the two. I have not worked since 02/17 and still receive contributions ESA. I read on a post on here that it is paid for a maximum of 365 days. It's related to national insurance contributions , yes? Yet, being on income based appears to be more beneficial? I don't receive anything different to anyone else, I have no income other than ESA and yet contributions based seems to penalise those who receive it. Two Examples are free prescriptions and the differences when receiving PIP. I just don't understand it if anyone can clearly explain it as it baffles me and if I'm now in the wrong group, it could make a huge difference to me financially. Thanks