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ESA top up and child tax credit, anyone?

Hello there to all. New member ahoy!
Ok, good people, straight down to it, husband was one of those who migrated to ESA from IB back in the day. So he claims contributions based ESA and was placed in support group.

He was claiming for me at the time he migrated and still does. The claim has always been contributions based but the top up is income related as I don't work and only claim CB/ CTC/ HB and council tax help.
As you know, this amount would never increase post migration (£154.60 a week paid fortnightly, £109ish being the contributions bit, the rest a top up) but we were caught up in the underpaid group and as a result have received back pay this week.  All is well and understood on that front. But a thought occurred to me this afternoon.....

So, naturally, being in receipt of child tax credit I informed HMRC as our income has increased by 20-odd quid a week (I'll tell the council when I've sorted HMRC.)

Now here's the bit I need help with, if anyone has the answer I'd be so grateful.

For all these years I've been putting the full amount of benefit into the "taxable social security income" box (around £8000 each year) on the tax credits form.

Have I been making a huge mistake all these years? Should I have left off the top up (which was around £30 a week but has now increased to around £50) and simply put the contributions based payment *in the box"? I should add the CTC is £64.34pw currently.

I've already rung HMRC this week once, and my shredded nerves can't take another phone call (fair enough, autism!!!) so it's over to you......be gentle with me, it's been a bit of a week!!!!



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

    You were doing everything correctly. I'm assuming that you have 1 child that you claim TC for? If so then that's the maximum tax credits you can claim for 1 child without disabilities, which is the correct amount for someone claiming a benefit like ESA whether it's CB or income related, if there's no other household income. Hope this helps.
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  • Pippa_AlumniPippa_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,851 Disability Gamechanger
  • morningallmorningall Member Posts: 8 Listener
    Well thanks for the lovely welcome and the advice, so much appreciated  :)
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    You're welcome.
    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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