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Hi, my name is lindylou2311!

lindylou2311lindylou2311 Member Posts: 1 Listener
my partner is on contribution based esa (support group) and has been since 2012 when it changed from incapacity benefit,i am a student and only work casual, howewer we have received a letter asking him if he want to claim income related esa as he my be entitled to more money ,however it gives you the option to decline by ticking a reason ie my partner works more than 24 hours a week (which i dont often work that many hours hours its on average 24 for a month) if i have more than 16000 in bank which we dont  - i dont understand why we have been sent this and why cant we stay as we are im afraid if i accept we will be less off and if i decline due to working we may be penalised im confused please can someone advise


  • thespicemanthespiceman Member Posts: 6,408 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @lindylou2311 Pleased to meet you welcome.

    Sorry I do not know the answer to that question.

    I am a member of the community champion team and just do meets and greets. Try to answer any queries if I can.

    I am sure the community will know or one of our team will know.

    Have you asked our helpline for advice.  As above 0808 800 3333.

    Have a look at benefits advice posts and threads.

    Hope that helps.

    Take care

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