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I have made a huge mistake and i'm so scared

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Butterflyhome77
Butterflyhome77 Community member Posts: 7 Listener
I got a letter for a Review Appointment with DWP, I mistakenly thought that it was another medical which led to an acute mental break.  I rang the Citizens Advice and they explained that it's just routine and nothing to worry about, then they went through some checks with me to show me the kind of info they would require, they told me that I shouldn't have savings over £6000 and I realised that I have made a huge mistake! I didn't know that I had to tell them about savings, i've been on benefits for so long and i've never been asked for bank statements etc in the last 8 years.  I have saved £10,000 due to not being able to leave my house (mental illness).  I honestly didn't know, i've never done anything wrong before and now i'm so afraid that they are going to put me in jail.

I have an appointment with the Advocacy Service tomorrow but do I need a solicitor?  My mental health is so badly affected and i've had the Crisis Team and valium prescribed.

I am not coping and going through this alone is so scary.  Has anyone else every made a mistake like this?  I understand now that I owe them money and I will give them it all back but will they put me in jail?  Can anyone help me?

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,009 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi,

    You need to check if you're claiming Contributions based or Income Related ESA first. Contributions based ESA isn't means tested and won't be affected by any savings.

    Did you move from Incapacity benefit to ESA?

    Do you claim housing benefit and council tax reduction? The savings rule applies to those as well.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • Butterflyhome77
    Butterflyhome77 Community member Posts: 7 Listener
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    Hi yest it impacts my ESA, Housing Benefit and Council Tax.  I've been trying to get through to the DWP all morning with no luck so far, i'll try again after 1pm.  I saved the money because I didn't think i'd be able to survive another medical, I would never have done it if I had known I wasn't allowed. The advisory service were really blase about the whole thing, saying that I haven't gone over the threshold so worse case scenario i'll owe DWP etc lots of money which of course i'll pay them back.
  • Butterflyhome77
    Butterflyhome77 Community member Posts: 7 Listener
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    Thank you.  
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