Hi, my name is robbed! I'm being punished for listening to ESA

robbed Community member Posts: 3 Listener
edited September 2022 in Benefits and income
Hi I was awarded in April backdated esa for error they made so was big lump in April I was told to let housing know and I can spend and do with cash what I want as was a error I again asked can I spend at will again told by esa yes so I did and told housing of my back payment.. so gave kids lump and family and spend rest at will as was advised then housing said I have to provide evidence how I spend it I rote saying I was told I can use at will other wise would not have now housing have suspended my housing benefits.... so I’m being punished for listening to esa who is right 


  • Ross_Alumni
    Ross_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,649 Championing
    Hello @Robbed and welcome to the online community :) 

    Thanks for joining and explaining a bit about your current situation, I'm sorry to hear about what you have been through, it sounds very inconvenient.

    I have moved your thread over to our benefits and financial support category. I'm not certain who is right, but based on other situations I see sometimes on here I know that the DWP call handlers don't always give out correct information, which I admit is very frustrating to hear. I completely understand why this has made you so upset.

    This is a very supportive and welcoming site to be a part of so I’m hopeful that you’ll find it to be a positive outlet. Feel free to have a look around and get involved wherever you’d like 😊 I have included below a few of the pages I’d recommend having a look through to get used to things:

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  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Championing
    What type of ESA are you received?
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.