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Hi, my name is shivers! Can I stay on ESA indefinitely?

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shivers
shivers Community member Posts: 8 Listener
Hi hello everyone.
Can I stay on esa indefinitely.

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi,

    It depends which ESA you're claiming, whether it's New style ESA/contirbutions based or Income Related.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
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    If it is new style ESA or contribution based ESA then it can continue indefinitely if you are in the Support Group.

    If it is income based ESA you will be advised at some time in the future that your award will end and you will be invited to claim Universal Credit instead.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • shivers
    shivers Community member Posts: 8 Listener
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    Thankyou poppy 123456 and calcotti.
    I am contribution based and on the support group.
  • shivers
    shivers Community member Posts: 8 Listener
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    Can you only get esa if you are on someones books.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    shivers said:
    Can you only get esa if you are on someones books.
    I’m not sure what you mean by this. New style ESA/contributions based ESA is a NI contributions benefit so a person can only claim it if they’ve paid the correct amount of NI contributions in the 2 tax years prior to your claim. If a person was to claim it now then they would need NI contributions in tax years April 2018 to March 2020.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • shivers
    shivers Community member Posts: 8 Listener
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    Oh ta for that. Im not sure
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    You said you’re already claiming ESA in the Support Group so i don’t understand the reason for your questions. 
    Are you saying you’re still employed by your employer but you no longer work there? 
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • shivers
    shivers Community member Posts: 8 Listener
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    Yes. Poppy123456
  • shivers
    shivers Community member Posts: 8 Listener
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    So if they ask me to leave, what is my position ?
  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
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    shivers said:
    Can you only get esa if you are on someones books.
    No. Most people receiving ESA are not employed.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
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    shivers said:
    So if they ask me to leave, what is my position ?
    Your position in respect of what? In respect of ESA it makes no difference.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • Ross_Alumni
    Ross_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,652 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hello @shivers, I just wanted to wish you a warm welcome to the community. I hope you are getting on okay today!
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  • Crazyraven
    Crazyraven Community member Posts: 18 Connected
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    I got the supported type with no health assessments for life, at least until I retire, with fear of my epilepsy I've never been accepted into a job so I had no contributions and I have DLA/PIP on high care
  • shivers
    shivers Community member Posts: 8 Listener
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    Hi everyone. I had breast cancer 9 years ago. I was put on esa with support group. I have had very bad side effects from chemo etc. And have been on esa ever since. I never left my job so am still on their books. 
    So i suppose im asking if i leave my job and stop being on their books, what benifit should i be claiming. 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    shivers said:

    So i suppose im asking if i leave my job and stop being on their books, what benifit should i be claiming. 
    You're already claiming a benefit, which is ESA and leaving your job because you're still on the "books" will make no difference.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • shivers
    shivers Community member Posts: 8 Listener
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    Thankyou for that
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