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Hi I'm new here and I hope someone can give me some advice. I received a letter just before xmas to fill in stating that i could be due a back payment for ESA due to the IB migration this is from 2012 to 2016. To be honest I cant remember which group I was in as back then I had severe mental health problems I do know that I didn't have to go to any work focused interviews until 2016 so does that mean before then I was in the support group. I do know I had to go to the assessment interviews a couple of times and to be honest they didn't listen to what I said in these and basically said I was fit for work however i appealed and won all cases so was just put back on my ESA as i was normally. I'm not longer on any esa as I came through the other side and felt much better by the end of 2016

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  • beckbailbeckbail Member Posts: 34 Connected
    If I remember rightly my payments were £110 weekly so around about £220 fortnightly 
  • beckbailbeckbail Member Posts: 34 Connected
    Also to add to this back then I had no savings no other income and I lived with my parents until Feb 2017 then I moved in with my partner and all benefits stopped 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    They are in the process of contacting everyone that transferred from IB to ESA. Any transitional support protection you were claim at the time will be take from the income related top up you maybe entitled to. The Enhanced disability premium is £16.40 per week as from April 2018 but it would have been less in previous years.

    No one on an internet forum can tell you if they owe you any backdated money but you'll be assessed once you return the form. It can take 12 weeks for a decision.
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  • beckbailbeckbail Member Posts: 34 Connected
     Hi poppy

    Thank you for your reply I'm just confused by it all as I'm unsure what group I was in. To you does this sound like i was in the support group with not having to go to work focused interviews for 4 years. I just find the whole ESA confusing 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Yes that would have most likely been the Support Group, however the support group amount from April 2018 for contributions based ESA is £110.75 per week. It would have been less than that when you claimed. As i advised, only DWP can give you a definite answer by assessing you. If you're owed any money it will be backdated.
    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
  • beckbailbeckbail Member Posts: 34 Connected
    Thank you poppy this does make a lot more sense to me now it was about £107 per week back then. So is that also with the enhanced premium on or would that have been added to it 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    edited January 2019
    Contributions based ESA isn't means tested and when you moved in with your partner it shouldn't have stopped, unless you were found fit for work. A partner working won't affect contributions based ESA.

    You really do need to wait for DWP to make a decision because it's impossible to give a definite answer on an internet forum.
    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
  • beckbailbeckbail Member Posts: 34 Connected
    Yeah that's the best thing to do. I was never on ESA when I moved in with my partner as at this stage I wasn't on ESA as I was found fit for work but when I was on ESA I lived with my parents. Thanks for your advice on this matter my minds  little more clear now
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