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Changing ESA groups and the affect of a small pension?

jules58jules58 Member Posts: 1 Listener
I'm on CB ESA at the moment but am being moved to IR. I had a phone appointment with DWP and they say I'm entitled to IR based ESA. I'm in the support group at the moment, but the paperwork they've sent me states that I'll get the new amount in 13 weeks when they'll decide if I'm in support group or work related activity group. Can they just change the group I'm in arbitrarily? Also I'm due to collect a small Army pension in October, about £100.00 per month. Will this make any difference to my benefit? Sorry it's so long for a first timer, but this is worrying me. Any help gratefully received. Thank you 


  • Ami2301Ami2301 Member Posts: 7,418 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @jules58
    Welcome to the community! I am unsure however another member of the community will be in contact with you soon to answer your query. No need to apologise for the length of your post, write as little or as much as you want :) Please let us know if there is anything else we can help you with! :)
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  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @jules58 and welcome to the community! Thank you for taking the time to share this with us all. It may be worth using the benefit calculator to see what affect it could have on your benefits. I will also move the discussion into the ESA section and hope others can help too :)
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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger

    The Income Related top up won't change what group you're placed into. The only time that can change is when you're re-assessed after being sent the ESA50 form.

    When you receive your pension this will affect any Income related top up you receive £1 for £1, so you will need to contact ESA when you do start to receive the pension. Pension's won't affect any contributions based ESA unless the pension is £85 or more per week.
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