Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
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Report winnings.

Hi. I have a friend who is on the same benefits as me. He is on ESA income-related and in the support group. He wants to know if gambling and winnings from lottery or bingo etc will affect his ESA and if he should report the winnings on gambling?


  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger

    If the winnings takes his savings to £6,000 and over then yes he will need to report them. They will affect his ESA £1 for every £250 over that amount. If the winnings take his savings to more than £16,000 then all of his means tested benefits will stop.

    Anything under £6,000 is disregarded and doesn't need reporting.
    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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