Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
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ESA under payments

I received a letter along with a large form to fill in. It said they needed information from March 2013 . I rang to ask what this form was about and told I should fill it in as I quite possibly have been underpaid when I was switched from Incapacity Benefit &DLA.  I was put in contribution based support group. I told them I don't think this is right as I have a widows pension coming in (my husband died 2008). They said makes no difference fill in form.  Can anyone advise please what I have been under paid. I was on low rate care DLA and high rate mobility. I live alone but do have a pension. Is it really worth filling in this big form . Thxs

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

    The form is for those that transferred from Incapability benefit to ESA and not to DLA.

    Any pension you receive will count as income £1 for £1 when calculating any Income related top up on the ESA. However, it's impossible to give you a definite answer for the whole of those 5 years on an internet forum. The best thing you can do is fill the for in and return it. DWP will the assess you correctly for any income related top up. Decisions can take 12 weeks.
    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.
  • ladywear09ladywear09 Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Thank you. Yes sorry I was on incapacity benefit. Ok I will fill in the form  it's just I have ME and it's absolutely exhausting filling in forms unless absolutely necessary. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    I realise those forms are a nightmare to fill in but with very little information it's impossible to answer your question on an internet forum. The only ones to tell you for sure are DWP. Make sure you put down your pension details and any other income you have.
    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.
  • ladywear09ladywear09 Member Posts: 3 Listener
    When I spoke on phone to DWP  the lady said I could have missed out on some premiums one for £16.40 . I told her about my pension and she said it doesn't matter. I have no clue what they mean. I have asked for help filling in my form and it's finished this morning. I told them I don't have any incomes only my widows pension which because I claim benefits they should already know about. However I have included all the details. I can't see how I have missed out on benefits if I have a pension coming in. I was never allowed council tax relief . Anyway see what they say. Nothing to loose by filling in the forms only  my energy!!! Thank you very much for you input I appreciate it. 
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