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What does that mean can anyone help?

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This discussion was created from comments split from: ESA underpayment.


  • joeandemmzjoeandemmz Member Posts: 1 Listener
    hi all   was hoping for some advice   my partner emma like  a lot of stories on here is in same boat , she was transferred from IB to ESA in 2013 but was only paid contributional esa even thoughshe  could not work due to illness and had no savings but after reading the qualifying criteria  she was placed in support group and on dla then pip daily living so was sure she be entitled to both income and contributional  esa and receive some of the income related premiums backdated as seems like its happened to 1000s of other as per thread   but we submitted our forms after the dwp contacted in april and entered the waiting game months went on 12 weeks turned into another 12 weeks then this week we recieved a letter from DWP saying fron 04/13 to 04/14 that emma was not entitled to any income related esa , why just that year?? what bout the next 5 as circumstances change  and the reason they gave aswell is  YOUR ENTITLEMENT TO CONTRIBUTIONAL ESA EXCEEDED YOUR ENTITLEMENT TO INCOME RELATED ESA   , whats does that mean can anyone help as we have no saving and me as partner not worked since 2017 so really confused how i read on website different premiums and health benefits from being on IR but were not getting it and really need it 

    also as this letter  just specifies  2013/2014  will there be other letters to come  , the helpline not helpful at all  and feel very upset

    any help be appreciated

    joe  and emma
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    You say it's just the 1 year in the decision letter. When she was first contacted and sent the letter regarding the underpayments it would have stated which years they are going to assess her for, what did it say in that letter?

    Whether she would have been entitled to any income related top up during the dates stated in the letter will depend on her circumstances during that time. The Income related top up (premiums) are means tested, so living with a partner that works or claims other benefits theirself, capital/savings and income from pensions etc, all count against being entitled to any means tested benefits. Without more information it's impossible to give any advice. You say you haven't worked since 2017, were you working during 2013/14? if so how many hours per week were you working?

    For the years after 2014, again more information is needed. You say you haven't worked since 2017, what benefits have you claimed since then? Are you now claiming ESA as a couple or are you claiming a different benefit, possibly carers allowance and Income Support? Again without more information, it's impossible to help you further.

    If you don't want to give more information then you'll need to take all her paper work to an advice agency near you and ask them to check through it. You'll then be able to tell them all your circumstances from 2013 up until the present day.
    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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