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What does the DWP regard as savings or income?

Richard60Richard60 Member Posts: 4 Listener
Hi Everyone,

My question is about the ESA3 (IBR) form and the recent posts relating to it.

What does the DWP regard as savings / income? Is an inheritance from a family will classed as savings / income?

Many Thanks

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  • steve51steve51 Member Posts: 7,175 Disability Gamechanger
    @Richard60

    Good Afternoon & Welcome It’s great to meet today.

    Here’s some info below for you:

    https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5936449

    Please please let me know if you can’t find what you need within the info???

    @steve51


  • Antonia_AlumniAntonia_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 1,781 Pioneering
    Hi @Richard60 , welcome to the community. In regards to your question, please find the information below and find out more on our  Savings and means-tested benefits page.

    How savings affect means-tested benefits

    Savings include:

    • cash
    • money in any bank or building society account
    • National Savings and Investments NS&I accounts such as Premium Bonds or Income Bonds
    • stocks, bonds and ISAs    
    • property that is not your main home    

    Savings do not include:

    • work or private pensions (if not cashed in)
    • jewellery, antiques or family heirlooms    
    • your car or business
    • life insurance
    • compensation payments held for less than 1 year your home
    Please let us know if you have any questions.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    Yes, any inheritance is classed as savings and needs to be reported as a change of circumstances if it's over the amount allowed. £6,000 and your means tested benefits are affected £1 for every £250 over that amount. £16,000 and all your means tested benefits stop.
    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.
  • Richard60Richard60 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    What if you are over the £16,000 limit for say six months out of a seven year period. Surely there would be some consideration for the remaining 6.5 years. I'm trying to complete ESA3 and find their definition of going over the 16k limit unclear.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    They look at all of your circumstances between the dates in the letter. Savings of £6,000 and over affect it also. Bank statements will prove what you had at the time.
    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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