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ESA queries

I’m on esa in the support group and I claim for my partner also, we get £114 per week for our living expenses but if you claim on your own you get about £111 per week for one person is this right. I know when you claim as a couple you loose a few pounds but £3 difference a week that can’t be right.

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

    That's not Support Group rate, are you 100% sure you're in the Support Group? When did your ESA claim start?
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  • jlcmama1234jlcmama1234 Member Posts: 11 Listener
    Ive been onit a few years now, the amount stated is what we as a couple get that’s not including money for being in support group. But I checked it out and know someone who gets the same as me for one person 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    You'll need to ring DWP to check for sure what group you're in. If it's support group then for a couple this should be £177.50 per week.

    If your claim started after April 2017 then it could be WRAG, if it is then you won't receive any extra money. It will be £114.85 per week.
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  • jlcmama1234jlcmama1234 Member Posts: 11 Listener
    Its definitely support group, but the amount your saying is including the extra money for the support group but I mean because I claim for him as well I only get an extra £3 or £4 a week compared to claiming as a single person
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    ESA couples rate is £114.85 + £38.55 for being in the support group + £24.10 enhanced disability premium couples rate = £177.50 per week.

    £114.85 is WRAG for those that started their claim after April 2017 and is also assessment rate.

    £111.65 is Contributions based.

    £128.45 is Support Group Income related (single person)
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  • jlcmama1234jlcmama1234 Member Posts: 11 Listener
    So do you think I’d be better off claiming as a single person. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Not at all and i'm not sure why you think you would be. As i advised, you'll need to ring DWP tomorrow and find out why you're not receiving what you should be, if you're in the support group.
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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    You can't claim Income Related ESA as a single person why you're living with a partner.
    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.
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,926

    Scope community team

    Hi @jlcmama1234. As Poppy said, it sounds like you're not getting the correct amount. If you're able to, give them a call today to query why. Hopefully it can be resolved. 
    Senior Community Partner
    Scope

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