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Hiya, I am Lissy I am ESA confused

lissylissy Member Posts: 7 Listener
Thank you for allowing me access to your community. Hopefully youcan give me some advice.
I recieved two letters this morning, both exactly the same wording. Apparently they need to look at my claim in order to decide if I am eligible for income related ESA from 17th March 2015.It states that if I am eligible I may be entitled to extra payments known as premiums.
I tried to telephone the number on the letter but nobody is answering.
I dont want to get my hopes up so I wonder if anyone here might have some words of wisdom they could share
Thank you in advance

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

    Thank you for sharing. In reply to your question I am unsure of an answer. One of our team will know or a member of our community will advise.

    Have you looked at the DWP website for ESA numbers might be a solution.  Who to call . Just a suggestion.

    Hope that helps.  Wanting to add hope we can be supportive and friendly.

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    Please take care

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  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,662 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @lissy and welcome to the community! Thank you for taking the time to share this with us. I hope you find the community a supportive place and that they are able to answer your query. Please do let me know if there is anything else that I can do to help :)
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  • lissylissy Member Posts: 7 Listener
    Thank you Chloe will do. :)
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Those that transferred from Incapacity benefit to ESA were automatically placed onto Contribution based ESA and they were never assessed for any Income Related top ups which are the premiums. Whether you're entitled to them wil depend on your circumstances. Do you live with a partner that works? and household income. Do you claim DLA mid/high rate care or PIP daily living?
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  • lissylissy Member Posts: 7 Listener
    Hi Poppy
    I live on my own and all I claim is ESA (not the work related) They changed me over in March 2015. I have never asked any questions but having read some posts it seems that you are allowed to enquire into the decision of the DWP.
    I guess I will just have to wait and see.
    Thanks for the info.

  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    It was an error made by the DWP and now they owe thousands in back dated money to 1000's of people. The Enhanced disability premium is an extra £16.40 (less in earlier years) per week on top of your ESA. Claiming the Income related top up will also mean you'll be entitled to free prescriptions/dental treatment. They will back date you to when you qualified. It may take quite a few weeks to sort your claim but eventually you'll have a nice little backdated money.
    Community champion and 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.
  • lissylissy Member Posts: 7 Listener
    Hi Poppy
    I apologise for my late reply, its just a lot to begin to take in. I dont really want to think I might be eligible for this extra payment as It seems to be too good to be true.
    Thank you for the information, I had a telephone interview which lasted about 45 mins, I was told it will take about twelve weeks before I can expect a decision but they will let me know either way so I guess I just have to wait it out.
    Again please accept my apologies for not replying sooner I appreciate your help in this confusion.
    Best wishes
    Lissy
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