Eligible for income based ESA but worried about form — Scope | Disability forum
If we become concerned about you or anyone else while using one of our services, we will act in line with our safeguarding policy and procedures. This may involve sharing this information with relevant authorities to ensure we comply with our policies and legal obligations.

Find out how to let us know if you're concerned about another member's safety.

Eligible for income based ESA but worried about form

fewtrell Member Posts: 1 Listener
I have received a letter from DWP saying I could be eligible to go from contribution based to income based esa.  I’m concerned if I provide my partners income details I maybe worse off. Just confused by the whole situation not sure if to complete the form or not. Anyone else have a partner who works over 24 hours as it states on the form. 

Thsnks in advance 


  • Richard_Scope
    Richard_Scope Posts: 3,176 Scope online community team
    Great to meet you and welcome to our community. My understanding is that you only have to complete the form if you want to be re-assessed. However, I'm no expert (yet) and we have lots of knowledgeable members who will want to advise!

    Specialist Information Officer and Cerebral Palsy Programme Lead

    'Concerned about another member's safety or wellbeing? Flag your concerns with us.

    Want to tell us about your experience in the community? Talk to our chatbot and let us know. 
  • CockneyRebel
    CockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,212 Disability Gamechanger
    If your partner worked more than 24 hours per week for the entire time then you will not qualify
    There should be letter with the form, you should tick the relevant box and return in the envelope provided you do not need to complete the form
    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • karnabykat000
    karnabykat000 Member Posts: 2 Listener
    I've gone over the letter and form and there is no tick box for any of the 3 criteria.

    Being sent a form from the DWP, despite that the enclosed letter says I do not need to fill out the form,  I'm worried that if I don't do something then I've done something wrong.  I dont understand why they are sending forms out when they do not need to be returned.  I feel like I'm being trapped or tricked somehow. 

    So I've circled the relevant criteria on the front of the form and signed and dated it.

    It doesn't feel right not to return it.  I'm worried sick over this ?
  • CockneyRebel
    CockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,212 Disability Gamechanger
    That should be the end of it, nothing to worry about
    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste


Complete our feedback form and tell us how we can make the community better.

Do you need advice on your energy costs?

Scope’s Disability Energy Support service is open to any disabled household in England or Wales in which one or more disabled people live. You can get free advice from an expert adviser on managing energy debt, switching tariffs, contacting your supplier and more. Find out more information by visiting our
Disability Energy Support webpage.