Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
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Hello everyone. I would like to let you know that I received a letter on 21/02/19 requesting me to contact DWP pertaining to information they needed in regards to an IS10 form. I spoke to a lovely gentleman who filled out the form over the phone and he then told me it would take 6 days to process.  I burst out laughing as ALL my previous dealings with the DWP have been truly traumatic. He told me that I would qualify for something called Supreme Disability Premium, which meant that I would get an extra £64.30 pw, well I was surprised and thanked him for his help, but I wasn't going to hold my breath.
Well imagine the shock when I accessed my bank account this morning, for other reasons, to see that there were 3 transactions from ESA totalling a massive £12 387.20. 
I thought this had been an error and contacted them straight away. An error hadn't been made...it's real....it's mine and I still get a further £64.30 pw. This had been backdated from 2015. Your future benefits are not affected by this amount in your savings account as this is an official error, which is given a total disregard' Different rules apply if amount is under £5000.
Thank you to all of you have given advice. poppy123456 keep doing what you're doing. For any of you who are still waiting for a response or who have been let down TIME and TIME again, I will be praying for you and would say NEVER EVER EVER GIVE UP. 


  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    That's fantastic news! It's called severe disability premium (SDP for short) and they are correct, it's disregarded for the life of your ESA claim. Which means providing you're claiming ESA that money is disregarded for savings.

    Thank you also for the kinds words!
    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.
  • clarkjohnsonclarkjohnson Member Posts: 210 Pioneering
    Great news bronwen but let's not go overboard your only getting what your entitled to at the end of the day 
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