Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
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ESA support group amount reduced?

 I have been getting 130.65 pounds every week and I just received a new letter saying that from April I will be getting 114.10 ... a  big drop.
Can someone explain what is going on?

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  • wassil19wassil19 Member Posts: 8 Listener
     I have been getting 130.65 pounds every week and I just received a new letter saying that from April I will be getting 114.10 pounfs ... a big drop.
    Can someone explain what is going on?

  • wassil19wassil19 Member Posts: 8 Listener
    Sorry for double posting .... a mistake
  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Posts: 4,684

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    No worries @wassil19, it can happen. 

    Regarding your ESA, does the letter explain the reasoning for the drop? If not, have you tried calling DWP?
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  • wassil19wassil19 Member Posts: 8 Listener
    I haven't contacted them yet but i have just made a comparison between last year's award with this year and I noticed that  the disability income Guarantee component for the support group is no longer there.. the amount is 16.80 pounds (2020 value)
    I think they may have removed it (Government policy perhaps)?
    By the way I am claiming legacy income related ESA  not universal credit
  • woodbinewoodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,065 Disability Gamechanger
    Are you getting basic rate ESA (cont.) or sea with an IR top up? £114.10 looks like the 2021/22 rate for cont.based
    I will now only offer benefits advice on PIP, and specific benefits advice for other people with Epilepsy. 
  • wassil19wassil19 Member Posts: 8 Listener
    I have been getting income related ESA  (support group) for few years before the new style ESA

  • calcotticalcotti Member Posts: 2,738 Disability Gamechanger
    You should ring them - it sounds like a mistake.
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