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ESA

ShediffShediff Member Posts: 2 Listener
Hi folks, I had to give up work in 2014 due to ill health and I really don’t trust DWP, I think I was entitled to income related and contributory ESA for the first year. Could anyone confirm the criteria for that please because the ESA won’t. Thank you 😊 

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    HI,
    Contributions based is where you've worked and paid enough NI contributions in the 2 years before your claim started.

    Income related is means tested and household income, savings/capital, pensions and partner working are all things they look to be able to claim this.
    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.
  • Pippa_ScopePippa_Scope Member Posts: 5,856 Disability Gamechanger
    Welcome to the community, @Shediff!
  • ShediffShediff Member Posts: 2 Listener
    Thank you 😊
    My understanding is that in some cases you can claim both income and contributory for the first year, if eligible do you not the criteria for that.

    Thanks again 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    HI,
    Contributions based is where you've worked and paid enough NI contributions in the 2 years before your claim started.

    Income related is means tested and household income, savings/capital, pensions and partner working are all things they look to be able to claim this.
    The criteria is here and it's for both. If you're entitled to Contributions based this will always come first and this is paid for 365 days unless you were placed into the Support Group and it's paid for as long as you remain in the group.

    The Income related top up as stated above will depend on all those factors. If any of those apply to you then this will affect any income related top up.
    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.
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