Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
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ESA Contribution or Income Related

I've always been very confused about this.  My son was on Incapacity and got free prescriptions etc.  Transferred to ESA Contribution in Support Group and has to now pay prescriptions.  I didn't realise and ended up with a fine.  My question now is, with this new questionnaire about backdating money if they were transferred straight to Contribution, do they get switched to Income Based or do they stay on Contribution with an Income Based Top Up?  I have seen different people saying different things.  

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    They stay on Contributions based with an Income Related top up.
    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.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    They stay on Contributions based with an Income Related top up.
    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.
  • sallyinspiresallyinspire Member Posts: 2 Listener
    Thank you Poppy.  So would we still have to pay for prescriptions and dental work etc?
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    No, not if you're claiming the Income Related top up. To be eligible for the top up of course will depend on your circumstances. Household Income, partner working, Savings/capital.
    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.
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