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New ESA and cost of living.

millie8822 Community member Posts: 2 Listener
edited October 2022 in Cost of living
I have been on statutory sick pay for the last six months and now i have just been put on the new style ESA for my health/sickness.
Will i be eligible for a cost of living payment.


  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 53,978 Disability Gamechanger
    Unfortunately not because New style ESA isn't a means tested benefit and doesn't qualify you for any of the payments. You will still receive £66/67 per month between now and March if you're named on an energy account.
    Full details and eligibilty criteria for all the CoL payments are here.
    Have you also checked entitlement to Universal Credit? (Although it's too late now to be eligible for any of the CoL payments) Your New style ESA will be deducted in full from any UC entitlement. If you live with a partner you need to claim as a couple and your joint circumstances will be taken into consideration.
    If you have savings/capital of more than £16,000 you're excluded from claiming. Use a benefits calculator to check entitlement.

    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.
  • millie8822
    millie8822 Community member Posts: 2 Listener
    Hi Poppy123456,Thankyou for the detailed reply,Thought that might be the case.
  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,978 Disability Gamechanger
    You are welcome @millie8822. It is the very least you deserve.

    Please don't hesitate to let us know if we can do anything else to help. We are all here for you and listening to you  :)
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