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Can I get both income related and contribution based ESA?

sapotts15sapotts15 Member Posts: 8 Listener
I have used turn2us calculator and it says I am entitled to ESA income related and ESA contribution based.  Does this mean I would get £114 a week for contribution based and £114 contribution based? Totalling £228 a week? I’m very confused!!! 

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  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 11,966 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome to the community 

    If you are a new claimant the only esa you can apply for is new style esa which is contributions based 

    You will need to have paid enough ni contributions in prev 2 tax years to be eligible 

    You would be paid at the assessment rate until you have been through the work capability process 

    The alternative is uc 
  • sapotts15sapotts15 Member Posts: 8 Listener
    I have been in contribution based for 5 years but my circumstances have changed and need income related as well. Can you get both? 
  • calcotticalcotti Member Posts: 2,667 Disability Gamechanger
    edited July 21
    sapotts15 said:
    I have been in contribution based for 5 years but my circumstances have changed and need income related as well. Can you get both? 
    If you are on contribution based ESA then you can contact ESA and ask to have your entitlement to income based ESA checked. You can receive both (they are two parts of the same benefit). The amount you get will be the same as of it was all income based (assuming that the income based entitlement is more than the £114.10 you currently get).

    You do not get £114.10 of contribution based plus £114.10 income based. If you are single and have no other income the income based bit will just be an additional £17.20/week.

    What amount of ESA does the calculator say you are entitled to? 

    When you ask them to look at your entitlement you will be sent a form to complete detailing your finances (and those of your partner if you have one). After this has been returned DWP will calculate your entitlement.


    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • sapotts15sapotts15 Member Posts: 8 Listener
    thankyou you all sorted now!! 👍👍
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