Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
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Esa declined

netbet67netbet67 Member Posts: 2 Listener
Hi, l hope someone can help me. I've been of sick from work for more than 6 months and sick pay has been stopped. I applied for esa   and received a letter today saying it had been de lined due to the pension l am receiving. I left work on ill health retirement.

I thought esa wasn't income related?? Is there still the 2 types or is it now universal credit?

Please help as I'm very confused and getting mixed info on the internet.

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

    There used to be 2 types of ESA, Income related and Contributions based. Contributions based is where you've paid enough NI contributions in the 2 years previous to your claim. Pensions over £85 per week affect the amount you can claim.

    Income related is means tested and household income, savings, capital, pensions etc affect this.


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  • Pippa_AlumniPippa_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,851 Disability Gamechanger
    Welcome to the community, @netbet67! I hope the above guidance from Poppy is helpful, and do feel free to come back to us with any further questions.
  • netbet67netbet67 Member Posts: 2 Listener
    Thank you.very helpful.

    What is the new style esa?

    If l claim the contributions based esa , what is the maximum pension l can receive before it stops esa completely ?
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    New style ESA is for those that have paid enough NI contributions in the previous 2 tax years. It's replaced Contributions based, same thing, different name.

    For pension over £85 per week your ESA is reduced by half this amount. So for every £1 over the £85 the ESA is reduced by 50p. New style ESA is £73.10 per week, assessment rate. I'm afraid i have no idea what maximum pension would be to reduce the ESA to zero. A benefits calculator may help.
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