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Savings on ESA

redrose3redrose3 Member Posts: 6 Listener
I receive ESA, do I need to tell the DWP when my savings drop BELOW £16 thousand. Is it an offence to not inform them?
Because I am managing to live on my savings at present and I don't want to be taking benefit that someone more in need should have.


  • OxonladyOxonlady Member Posts: 381 Pioneering
    Hi redrose3, as far as I know you do have to report any changes. You can request that nothing changes, despite your reduction in savings. 
    But please take advice from others as well, in case I am mistaken. Take care. 
  • woodbinewoodbine Member Posts: 3,730 Disability Gamechanger
    Claiming benefits yourself doesn't take benefits off anyone else thats not how it works, if your savings fall below 16k it depends on a number of factors as to wether you will get extra benefits or not.
    my advice is given freely and is correct to the best of my knowledge.
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,924

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    Hello @redrose3. Are you claiming NS ESA or contribution based ESA?

    It's definitely in your interest to tell them when your savings drop under £16,000. Not least because you may be missing out on benefit you're entitled to, but also because when you need to inform them (as your savings can no longer sustain you etc and you need the support) it should be an easier process if you've kept them informed of your different savings levels throughout. 
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