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Underpayment esa

Melanie34Melanie34 Member Posts: 3 Listener
Hi I'm new here I have been on esa from 2011 they put.me on it from income support my money has never been the proper amount I  only now been put on the proper amount how would I find out please its making me worry excessively. And depressed I have phoned them but they fob me off and say you'll have to wait till we get through the back log thankyou


  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger

    Have you filled out an ESA3 form and returned it? are you waiting for DWP to make a decision on that form?

    It's very difficult to give advice with very little information. The best thing you can do is take all your paper work to an advice centre near you and they will take a look at give you the correct advice.
    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.
  • PaddythePoguePaddythePogue Member Posts: 10 Listener
     Hi, in August 2018 my ESA was raised by £16.4 per week. Last week I received the letter asking me about possible unpaid arrears in Oct 2012 to Oct 2013. I believe I will get the premium of £16.4  a week for that year.  But can anyone say if it will be just for that one year, or will it be backdated from 2012/13 to the present? Thanks
  • Silver925Silver925 Member Posts: 87 Courageous
    I got one of these also they just wanted to know about the 1 year I spent on cbesa  from 2012 to 2013. It will probably just mean that period in time if you went from IB to Esacb but not sure. Could ask dwp. I think you only get premiums in Support Group. Have you changed groups during your ESA claim?
  • PaddythePoguePaddythePogue Member Posts: 10 Listener
    Hi Silver925 & thanks for feedback. In August 2018 my payments went up by £16.4 {Enhanced Disability Premium]
    Have I  changed groups during my  ESA claim? - Answer - I'm not sure .  Between 2012 - 2019, I was occasionally interviewed at Job centre but I never had to attend any group. As I say, In August 2018 my payments went up by £16.4 {EDP].to a total of £254.3.. I had been receiving £200.3, [2013] then £202.3 [2014] , then £204.3 [2015] . So, 'twas a big difference to go onto £254.3  Is this any help?  I rang DWP but they weren't any help. Thanks.
  • Silver925Silver925 Member Posts: 87 Courageous
    If you use to attend interviews at Job Center and the amount of money you got then £102.30 then you were in Work Related Activity Group. Sounds like your now in Support Group as premiums are only paid in Support Group. I was on the same amount in wrag then got moved to SG. Did you have Work capability assessment and got moved to SG? If you get moved back to wrag you should still get £102.30 as only new claims get assessment rate
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