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Esa increase

Has anyone else had a letter saying their esa is increasing in April?


  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,890 Disability Gamechanger

    Yes, this is the usual annual increase letter that is sent around this time of year.
  • starbuck
    starbuck Member Posts: 146 Courageous
    Did esa increase every year? I thought benefits were frozen until this year?
  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,620 Disability Gamechanger
    Mine have gone up every year. PIP as well.

    They go up because of inflation.
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,351 Disability Gamechanger
    Some benefits have increased by 1% some have been frozen, the good news is from this April they will increase by 1.7%.
    I am a person with epilepsy not an epileptic, my illness doesn't define me.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,890 Disability Gamechanger
    starbuck said:
    Did esa increase every year? I thought benefits were frozen until this year?

    Some elements of ESA increase each April. Main phase £73.10 per week has been frozen since 2016 the same as Income Support and JSA.

    PIP, Carers allowance, disability premiums all increase each April.

    As @woodbine has correctly advised, all benefits will be increased from April 8th this year. The letter you received will tell you the increases, if you can understand it and that's not an easy thing to do.
  • starbuck
    starbuck Member Posts: 146 Courageous
    It certainly isn't! It turns out my husband has been underpaid esa since last April. I told income support he hadn't had an increase as stated in their calculation so they increased my income support. Now esa have found their mistake and backdated the shortfall to last April. I phoned and told them I wasn't owed anything as income support have made up the shortfall and they said it's their error so I don't have to pay back the payment they've made in error. They said they can ask for it but I don't have to pay it. Is that correct? 
    They were underpaying him just under a pound a week. 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,890 Disability Gamechanger
    Yes that's correct because it's their error then you won't have to pay it back.
  • starbuck
    starbuck Member Posts: 146 Courageous


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