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Hi, my name is numptienick!......benefits

I lost my job in May this year due to me having Parkinsons Disease.I am 56 years old and have worked since i was 17.I went to the job centre to try and claim some benefits on 23rd May .As of today 7th September i have received just £19 .My wife works 23 hours a week and because of that for every £1 she earns they take 63p of my benefits,so basically i am trying to run  the house on her part time wage.I do receive PIP which is £330 every 4 weeks and i have tried to claim new style esa but that hasn;t been paid yet.I am in such a mess and feel let down badly


  • thespicemanthespiceman Member Posts: 6,408 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @numptienick   Pleased to meet you welcome.

    Sorry what has happened. Hope we as a community can help and advise.

    Thank you for sharing.   Thank you for joining.

    Understand the issues and problems with benefits. There will be members of our community or a member of our team will advise.

    Have you spoken to CAB  they have a wealth of knowledge and expertise on benefits and may offer solutions or advise you on your current situation.

    Benefits are complex and confusing.

    We are a friendly supportive community.  Care and share.

    Hope you get and find the answers you need.

    Take care


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  • Liam_AlumniLiam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 1,113 Pioneering
    Hi @numptienick,

    Welcome to the community. :)

    I'm sorry to hear that you're feeling down. As @thespiceman says, have you considered contacting your local Citizens Advice? They may be able to offer further advice and support.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,187 Disability Gamechanger
    New style contributions based ESA isn't means tested and your wife working will not affect this. It seems like to me that you've claimed the wrong benefit and claimed Universal credit, am I right? New styles CB ESA should only take about 3 weeks till payments start, have you claimed this? 
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  • numptienicknumptienick Member Posts: 2 Listener
    Yes I claimed this on,16th August but have not received anything yet 
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