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Esa3 has me wondering

FrankieOooFrankieOoo Member Posts: 8 Listener
Hello all!, been roaming these forums for years and it seems like a fair and calm place to discuss finances etc!.

So rang the DWP to fill the ESA3 IBR over the phone (there was a time i was scared to phone them but recently each person i have spoken to there where brilliant, friendly non judgmental etc)

Anyhow, So like most people recently i was on Incapacity Benefit and was transferred over in August 2013!. i have been on the exact same money since 2009 and to this very day of £224.10, something about transitional? (Not very good with understanding such words  ).

My circumstances are exactly as they where waaaaaay back then, i live with my step mum who receives carers and income support im classed as a non dependent. basically a lodger but i have lived here since birth, I have no partner, i have no savings.

Most if not all of the ESA goes towards bills food rent etc, my step mum contributes but i try not to let her with carers and income support not being very much... im rambling.

I understand that PIP isn't income so we should really ignore that as part of ESA3. So my question is, Since 2013 from what i have told you have i always been eligible for income based esa with the automatic premium?. Also i don't really understand how most people get 110.70 per week but me £112.05, many members have claimed it since around the same time as me, all so comfusing.

Thanks for reading and sorry for the grammar.


  • FrankieOooFrankieOoo Member Posts: 8 Listener
    I have been receiving a top up of £5.50 since 2013 also so i dont see a reduction in the level of benifit. I am now seeing people mention if the income related benifit is higher than this then i would not get back paid? I am very confused, i thought ir was mainly for the premiums? Which the minimum is £16?. Ijust have no clue. Thank you
  • FrankieOooFrankieOoo Member Posts: 8 Listener
    Also the amount i am on now was the same as it was on the last year of IB possibly 2012, transfered in 13. My money used to rise with age strangely
  • justg72justg72 Member Posts: 173 Pioneering
    Hi franked                                   Esa can have extra premiums. These are the latest benefits                            Income related ESA support group £110.75 per week. With this you are eligible for enhanced disability which is £16.40 and if you are in receipt of PIP daily living you can also qualify for the severe disability premium which is £64.30 rules apply to this because you normally have to be living alone and nobody is claiming carers allowance. I would ask a benefit advisor on this scope site they will be able to help you. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger

    The extra money you've been claiming is the transitional protection form when you transferred to ESA. The only thing you can do is wait for DWP to make a decision and it can take 12 weeks for this.
    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.
  • FrankieOooFrankieOoo Member Posts: 8 Listener
    Thanks for replying!. I have now found out that i will get back pay! but there will be a deduction of £5.55 for each week from 2013 to now. I think this will take longer than 12 weeks xD so many numbers!
  • Augustus12Augustus12 Member Posts: 1 Listener
    Hi FeankieOoo
    I'm currently going through this, do you mind if I ask what the outcome was as I am so confused 
    Many thanks 
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,997

    Scope community team

    Hello @Augustus12, welcome to the community. Is there anything specific you want to know/ask about this?
    Senior Community Partner
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