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PIP backpay (and ESA)

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Jurph
Jurph Community member Posts: 369 Pioneering
Hi!

I won my PIP tribunal in August and received a large sum in backpay. More money than I've ever seen! It was 18 months worth.

I understand that this sum doesn't effect my Income Related ESA for 1 year. It that from when it went in the bank or from the tribunal date?

Also, I gave half of it to my Mum as payment for debt. (We agreed she'd get half of the backpay, whatever it was and call it quits, I actually gave her more than I owed). Do the DWP look at this as deprivation of capital seeing as I gave some away? 

I'm scared to buy any luxuries in case they think I'm wasting it.

Thanks!

PS. I'm really happy this is my biggest problem  :D

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  • affii1993
    affii1993 Community member Posts: 103 Courageous
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    It’s your spend and do whatever, but one advice always keep saving so in the future something like this happen you can rely on your saving 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,009 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi,

    It's completely disregarded for 1 year and what you do with it during that year is entirely your choice. If at the end of that year you have more than £6,000 in savings, you'll need to contact DWP.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • Jurph
    Jurph Community member Posts: 369 Pioneering
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    Thanks @poppy123456 and @affii1993

    I feel I'm having to justify my spending at the moment thinking they'd ask why I purchased such luxuries.

    I just didn't want it to come back and bite me. I'm keeping some in savings but want to enjoy a nice Christmas too.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,009 Disability Gamechanger
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    You don't have to justify anything because it's completely disregarded for those 52 weeks. You don't need to keep receipts, you can do exactly what you want with it.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • Jurph
    Jurph Community member Posts: 369 Pioneering
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