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I have received a letter to say my ESA is to go down by £38 per week on the 3rd June but didn't say why. I phoned DWP who couldn't tell me why either for quite some time, before saying it was because I am in a mixed age couple and my partner is of state pension age. They said the £38 was an estimate and we could lose more.
I explained my partner has not drawn their state pension. They told me he would have to as they are 67 in Dec and to phone the pension service. We phoned the pension service who said they didn't have any rule that a person has to draw their pension and that is down to the DWP
We wanted to leave things as they are as we don't want to be worse off and are worried about losing our housing benefit.
I tried to get benefit advice from elsewhere and was told I would lose my hoping benefit and would be worse off. I contacted Citizens Advice who just asked me what DWP said but couldn't help me any further. I don't know what to do next as if we claim the state pension we will lose housing benefit but if we do nothing we will lose ESA. I am very worried.
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