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Covid support on old style esa

Just wondering if anyone has any info regarding extra payments for covid support on old style esa. I'm aware that people on universal credit with esa component recieve extra help but what about those on legacy benefits?? I'm really struggling as billl's are higher, motability is still charging full amount of pip mobility support even though I cant use car as shielding. I just cant understand why this has been completely neglected or am I just not aware of the right info?? 
Many thankks

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    HI,

    Unfortunately, there's no extra money for those claiming the old legacy benefits like ESA. I know motability gave £50 to all customers last year because of Covid but payments can't be reduced because we still have the vehicle, even though it's not used as much.

    I also claim ESA and have a mobility car. I must admit during the first lockdown and this lockdown i've saved money because there's no shops open to spend it. Energy bills are of course higher now because it's winter.
    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.
  • nikkifnikkif Member Posts: 47 Courageous
    Thanks poppy. It just seems a bit unfair as its he same benefit but just not been updated. Thanks for your help though in clarifying. 
  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 10,141 Disability Gamechanger
    Personally I would rather they gave an increase to the underpaid workers out there who have been on the front line keeping the country going 

    I am on benefits myself but would gladly contribute any extra as I dont see why those not working need extra money because of the pandemic 

    This may be a very unpopular opinion but it is just mine 
  • nikkifnikkif Member Posts: 47 Courageous
    I understand your point, the frontlines are extremely underpaid and deserve a rise as their pressures are immense my point was more that whole some people have been given extra help in these times how others have been discriminated against because of the type of benefit they are on. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    The extra money was intended for those who had a drop in income because of Covid because it was also added to working tax credits. Although for UC there wasn't time to go through every single claim to pay it to those who lost income because of Covid. There was no other option to add it to everyone's claim that claimed UC.
    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.
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