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ESA underpayment

benson16benson16 Member Posts: 8 Listener
Can anyone help me with the ESA underpayment process? Thank you 

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

    What is it you need help with and i'll do my best to help.
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  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,953

    Scope community team

    Hi @benson16 and welcome to the community.

    I've noticed Poppy has answered your queries regarding this in another post. I hope you hear back from them regarding a possible underpayment quickly. :)
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  • benson16benson16 Member Posts: 8 Listener
    They have advised me they cannot give any timescales out now. I've just phoned the contact centre and was told how longs a piece of string! What is the point of having a helpline that's not helpful in the slightest? I've waited 14 weeks already. And still nothing not a shred of information from them.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    I totally understand how frustrating waiting is for a decision but backlogs can't be helped. There's thousands of people that were transferred across from IB to ESA and that's a lot of claims to go through. There's never any timescales for any decisions, whether it's underpayments or assessment decisions.
    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.
  • benson16benson16 Member Posts: 8 Listener
    So scrap the dedicated helpline it's a pointless waste of money and people's time, calling them up to get told absolutely nothing. 
  • benson16benson16 Member Posts: 8 Listener
    Is there a chance that I could be entitled to ESA underpayment backpay? I was on contribution based ESA in the support group. From 2012 till 2017 after conversion from incapacity benefit. And was receiving 110 a week payments. I had no savings or partner. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    I'm afraid it's impossible to answer that question on an internet forum without knowing every single detail of your circumstance during the dates stated.

    Hopefully you won't be waiting much longer for a decision.
    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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