Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
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e.s.a backdated arrears.

i was moved from incapacity benefit to e.s.a(contribution)in 2012.i havent recieved any premiums ever nor any p.i.p.i got a letter on june 27th 2018 from dwp saying they needed to check to see if i was entitled to income related esa from may 2010.its been 7 weeks this friday since i filled in the esa3 over the phone.any help most appreciated.thanks.

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,
    The Income Related top ups (premiums) will depend on circumstances. If you live with a partner that works more than 24 hours per week then you won't be entitled to them. If you don't then you will eventually be backdated to the date your were eligible for them.

    PIP is a totally different benefit and has replaced DLA. It's totally different to the ESA you're talking about here. If you claim daily living PIP then it maybe possible to claim an extra premium on top of your ESA, again this will depend on circumstances.
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  • al1b0y13al1b0y13 Member Posts: 13 Connected
    thanks for the reply Poppy 123456.i havent lived with a partner at any time during my benefits.i have and still am living alone and not receiving anything but contribution based esa.i think i am due back-dated arrears of enhanced disability premium,i dont know if i am due severe disability premium because isnt that only payable if one is on p.i.p?thanks again.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Then you will be entitled to the Enhanced disability premium, which is £16.40 per week since April 2018, slightly less in previous years.

    You need to be claiming either daily living PIP or mid/high rate care DLA to be able to claim the severe disability premium.

    The only way to get your answer to how long it will take is to ring ESA and ask. Good luck.
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  • al1b0y13al1b0y13 Member Posts: 13 Connected
    my goodness you reply very quickly much appreciated just if i may ask a couple of questions,first,can i expect to get any enhanced disability premium backdated to the day of my claim/being switched on to esa,and i am awaiting the reply from the dwp regards my arrears,so should i wait to fill in any p.i.p forms or do that now,thanks again,you do a great job.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    It should be backdated to the date you were eligible. The Enhanced disability premium won't help your PIP claim because it's completely different. Your PIP form will need to be returned with all your evidence by the date stated in the letter. They will give you an extra 14 days if you need it, just ring PIP and ask.
    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
  • al1b0y13al1b0y13 Member Posts: 13 Connected
    many many thanks poppy 123456.
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