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TOPIC: esa

esa 6 years 10 months ago #14386

I HAVE BEEN ON IB FOR 12 YEARS,I RECEIVE A PRIVATE PENSION FROM MY FORMER EMPLOYER.WILL THE ESA NEW RULES MEAN I SHALL LOSE MY IB WHEN I GO ON TO ESA?.I HAVE NOT RECEIVED ANY CORRESPONDANCE FROM MY BENEFITS OFFICE AS YET.BUT I EXPECT I SHALL SOMETIME IN THE NEAR FUTURE.B)
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Re:esa 6 years 10 months ago #14393

Hi,

It won't be possible to claim both IB and ESA. When IB claimants are assessed using the work capability assessment they will either go onto ESA or onto JSA.

But the transfer of claimants won't begin until October 2010 and it will take several years at least before everyone is transferred. So it may be quite some time yet before you are affected.

Good luck,

Steve
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Re:esa 6 years 10 months ago #14395

MANY THANKS FOR YOUR SWIFT REPLY,WHAT I NEEDED TO KNOW WAS REALLY...AS I GET MY PRIVATE PENSION WILL THIS AFFECT MY ESA?.......AS NEW CLAIMENTS NOW ARE MEANS TESTED BEFORE THEY CAN GET IB....?
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Re:esa 6 years 10 months ago #14397

When you are reassessed for ESA and assuming you pass the WCA then the amount of your pension will be taken into account like it is now for IB.

But again as Steve has clearly explained the transfer of IB claimants to ESA doesn't begin until October this year and therefore it could be some time before they get round to assessing you for ESA.

I'm not too sure what you mean by "New claimants now are means tested before they can get IB..." as IB no longer exists for new claimants and anyway IB was non-means tested.
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Re:esa 6 years 10 months ago #14398

THANKS ONCE AGAIN,BUT MY PRIVATE PENSION IS NOT TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT AT THE MOMENT WITH MY IB? IS THIS BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN ON IB FOR SO LONG? SO WHEN I GO ONTO ESA WOULD THIS NOW MEAN MY PENSION WOULD BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT?..
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Re:esa 6 years 10 months ago #14404

Hi coffeemate,

I think I know what you mean. You currently get IB and you have a private pension. The fact that you get a pension dosnt affect your current IB claim (prob. contr. based) and you want to know if when you move from IB to ESA does the same rules apply.

As far as I am aware some years ago, long term IB was not affected by a medical retirement pension amount providing IB was contribution based. I cant remember when it changed but at some stage it did whereby entitlement to IB was means tested even if contribution based. The amount of a medical retirement pension was taken into account for new IB claimants, but those already on long term IB were not affected.

I would imagine that when all contribution based IB claimants move to ESA any medical retirement pension they receive will be taking into account. I am not sure of the figure, but I think I read somewhere that its around £90 odd per week, but as I say i'm not sure.

Kathy
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