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Won ESA tribunal - will I get back pay?

Grumpy13Grumpy13 Member Posts: 5 Listener
I have just won my esa tribunal. I was in the support group from 2016 but last may had a wca & in August was told I got 0 points. I done MR which failed then asked to go to tribunal. I won my tribunal but was pur in the wrag group. My lower rate payment stopped in August as it has been over 365 days. Should I now get back pay to last August & will it be at £102.05 rate as my original claim was opened in 2016?


  • thespicemanthespiceman Member Posts: 6,408 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @Grumpy13   Pleased to meet you welcome.

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    I am unsure of answer to your question.  There will be members of our community or team will be in touch.

    Have you spoken to CAB for any possible answers.?

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    Hope that helps.

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  • Ami2301Ami2301 Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,456 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Grumpy13
    Welcome to the community! Unfortunately I am unable to advise too, sorry. However another member of the community will be along shortly to advise you :)
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  • cuddlescuddles Member Posts: 8 Listener
    Hi @Grumpy13 welcome to the community 🙂
  • Grumpy13Grumpy13 Member Posts: 5 Listener
  • Grumpy13Grumpy13 Member Posts: 5 Listener
    I did get some conformation from DWP this morning. Should here about back pay & weekly amount in about two weeks. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger

    Did the Tribunal place you into the Support Group? If so then Contribution based ESA is paid to those in the Support Group for as long as they remain in there. If you were awarded Support Group then you'll be paid the difference from WRAG to Support Group backdated to when the original decision was made. The current Support Group Contributions based amount is £110.75 per week.
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  • Grumpy13Grumpy13 Member Posts: 5 Listener
    I was put in the work group. I used to be in the support group. 
  • BenefitsTrainingCoBenefitsTrainingCo Member Posts: 2,692 Pioneering
    Hello Grumpy13

    The work related activity component was abolished for new ESA claims from 3 April 2017.  The DWP describe people receiving this component as being in the work related activity group (WRAG).  

    If you were getting ESA before 3/4/17 then you should be unaffected by the above and be paid the WRA component, including the backdate.

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  • Grumpy13Grumpy13 Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Sounds good. Hope I'll find out soon.
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