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Backpay

Hi Folks i hope all is well.
I've just revived my son's back pay and it's almost ten grand. I was not expecting this but it's very good news obviously. 

My question is since it's over £7000. Will this affect benefits.

I don't think it's should be taken back because at the end of the day we've been living within less than our basic pay but i don't know and I'd hate to be slammed for that with a benefit reduction. My  son was born with disability and I'm recently disabled myself with a nerve and muscle disease. I'm relatively new to this benefit malarkey. 
I've always worked but afm no longer able. 
Ita not a very nice place to be is it folks? Particularly when the government refuse to recognize a life long issue.

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,836 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    Backdated money that's more than £6,000 is disregarded for all means tested benefits for 12 months. May i ask what the backdated money was for?
    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.
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 8,052

    Scope community team

    Hello @faithleap and it's great to hear your son has been awarded his back pay! :)

    I'm not sure if you've spotted it but Poppy asked in your other thread "Was the overpayment all for ESA underpayment or was some of it for PIP? If some of it was for ESA then was that amount more than £5,000?"
    In some cases it could be ignored for means tested benefits for longer than 12 months but it depends on what it was for. If you're able to answer, Poppy may be able to better advise. 
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