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Reduced rate

Hi. I'm in receipt of ESA and have had a letter from the DWP saying that my rate is going up by a few pounds a week from April 2020 then going down by £70 a week from July 2020. I can't understand why this is??


  • wilko
    wilko Member Posts: 2,415 Disability Gamechanger
    @Graham0409, Hello and welcome, your ESA payment may be reduced if you are receiving carers allowance or your partner is caring for you. Ring DWP and ask why the reduction I did and found them most helpful. 
  • Graham0409
    Graham0409 Member Posts: 15 Connected
    Hello & thank you. No carers allowance & no partner. I will call them and ask
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,890 Disability Gamechanger

    Do you claim either PIP daily living or DLA mid/high rate care? If so then you maybe claiming the severe disability premium in with your ESA? If you do and you have dependent children living with you and they are ending full time education or your PIP award is due to end in July, then this could be the reason why your ESA is reducing in July.
  • Graham0409
    Graham0409 Member Posts: 15 Connected
    Thank you to Wilko & poppy123456 I have just spoken to a man at the DWP who assured me that the letter sent to me is a mistake and that my ESA will remain the same after July. So I was worrying for nothing.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,890 Disability Gamechanger
    Alot of the time letters from DWP make no sense at all. Glad it's sorted.


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