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SDP

I received a Letter from the ESA saying I mey be entitled to sdp. I filled in and sent the letter back.
Last week I received the exact identical letter and again completed and posted it.
Next day I recieved another letter saying my esa will paid into my bank account. It's being paid into the account for the past 7/8 years so I'm a little confused.
Thanks for any feed back
Missy

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    HI and welcome,

    I'm one of the community champions here on scope and i'm here to help and advise others.

    A lot of the time ESA letters are very confusing and not many people can understand them. On the letter did it have a breakdown of what you're entitled to?

    For the SDP you must be claiming either PIP daily living or DLA mid/high rate care. No one must be claiming carers allowance of the carers element of Universal credit for looking after you. You must also live alone (no other adults over the age of 18 living with you) unless they claim a qualifying benefit such as PIP daily living or DLA mid/high rate care. Does this apply to you? If it does then claiming SDP by post can take about 4-6 weeks. Claiming by phone is always quicker and can take less than a week for them to make a decision doing it this way.
    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.
  • issy1965issy1965 Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Hi thanks for replying.
    I didn't make a claim for sdp,I knew nothing of it.
    I was informed by ESA I may be entitled to it by Letter.
    The Letter asked for information about my circumstances.

    I live alone and no one claims carers for me and I am on the standard rate of pip.

    The Letter about my benefits being paid had no breakdown.
    It just informed me the my benefits would be paid into that account.

  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    No problem. I realise they contacted you regarding it, i was just advising that the quickest way to claim this is by phone. I'm afraid you'll need to ring DWP and ask what the letter is about because we can't tell you that. As you applied for SDP by paper form then they will write to you once a decisions been made.
    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.
  • issy1965issy1965 Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Thank you poppy, I'll ring Monday and update you .
  • issy1965issy1965 Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Hi poppy 
    My son just rang up for me and they had still not received the form back so we had to do it on the phone.
    Do you know how long I'll wait now for a decision and payment.
    Isabella 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Usually no longer than a week.
    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.
  • issy1965issy1965 Member Posts: 5 Listener
    OMG.
    ESA called me back and told me they was looking at my claim now.
    Then 3 hours later called again to tell me I was awarded SDP and being backdated to 2014. .£18,000 which should be in my account within 3 working days... 
    I'm ecstatic is an understatement.

    Thank you for your advice,it really was spot on and amazing.
    Thank you
    Isabella 
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,662 Disability Gamechanger
    Congratulations @issy1965! Great news!!
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  • woodbinewoodbine Member Posts: 2,979 Disability Gamechanger
    Wow issy thats great news !!
    my advice is given freely and is correct to the best of my knowledge.
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing Team, Community Team Posts: 7,949 Scope community team
    Brilliant news @issy1965!
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    Scope

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