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ESA and pension amount

I am in the support group for contribution-based ESA and I also took my pension early at 55 from Royal Mail 2 years ago due to being ill health retired owing to an accident at work..What is the amount you can have per week from your pension before you are penalised..I got a letter out from Benefits case cleansing asking about the details of my pension.I told them 2 years ago how much I was receiving and was told I was under the threshold and it wouldn’t count..I presently receive £62.75 per week..

Regards Chris

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

    Are you 100% sure that your ESA is all Contributions based? As you're in the Support Group then the amount for CB ESA from 8th April 2019 is £111.65 per week. If this is what you receive then pension that's under £85 per week isn't counted.

    If part of your ESA is Income Related (anything over the above amount) then your pension is counted £1 for £1 for the income related top up. Hope this helps.
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  • chelseachrischelseachris Member Posts: 16 Listener
    No it’s been Contribution based since I was first on it in August 2016 and that is the amount I receive albeit £223.30 fortnightly....I have told them on a few occasions usually by phone of the pension amount I was in receipt  of and now this letter has come out today and it looks very threatening..
     Many thanks for your response..
    Regards Chris
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  • chelseachrischelseachris Member Posts: 16 Listener
    That’s a bit of a bummer,my fear was that I was maybe overpaid as this is the 1st letter I have ever had from these people...
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  • chelseachrischelseachris Member Posts: 16 Listener
    Fair play to you I hope it works out in your favour.Hopefully my pension falls below the threshold..
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  • chelseachrischelseachris Member Posts: 16 Listener
    No income related ESA as my wife works..That clears it up for me thanks,I will send them the info they need to keep them happy.
     Regards Chris
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    @chelseachris you are correct, the amount you're receiving is CB not Income related.
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