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TOPIC: contributions esa\income esa

contributions esa\income esa 6 years 10 months ago #14591

  • strawberry Rodgers
I get £89.90 per week contributions esa and i am looking for clarifiaction as to what this actually means. I am guessing that it is based on my NI contributions and I know that it means I have to pay for my prescriptions and will not get any help with my heating in this cold spell. Do people on Income ESA get less money? When does my contribution based benefit run out? Sorry if these seem like daft questions but I get so confused with it all. Thanks
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Re:contributions esa\income esa 6 years 10 months ago #14594

The amount of CB ESA ie. £89.80 is what you will receive if you continue to satisfy the eligibility criteria. You can also receive a pension income of up to £85 per week without your CB ESA being affected. CB ESA is non-means tested however if CB ESA is your only source of income then you can get it topped up with IB ESA but only if you have no other source of household income e.g. a working partner.

You may get be able to claim free prescriptions again on the grounds of low income. There appears to be some confusion as to whether you can claim a CWP if you get both components of ESA, hopefully someone will be able to give a definitive answer on this soon.

IB ESA pays the same basic rate as CB ESA however there are premiums added because they are on a low income (see members guides for ESA Rates).

Hope that helps
Gareth
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Re:contributions esa\income esa 6 years 10 months ago #14733

  • strawberry Rodgers
Thank you. Yes it is my only source of income and I do not have a partner. Very worried about my heating costs, have just had an estimated gas bill that I know will be way off track, I'm getting my nerve up to go and take a reading but anxious that this will mean they put up my monthly direct debit as I am sure that I have used masses more gas than usual due to the freezing weather.
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Re:contributions esa\income esa 6 years 10 months ago #14737

Gareth wrote:
CB ESA is non-means tested however if CB ESA is your only source of income then you can get it topped up with IB ESA but only if you have no other source of household income e.g. a working partner.

Sorry to interject, but aren't both versions of ESA means tested? The old IB wasn't but the under the new system they will be, won't they?
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Re:contributions esa\income esa 6 years 10 months ago #14740

  • boris1
No contribution based isn't means tested.
It's awarded to those who have paid enough NI stamps but we are disadvantaged because we're not entitled to free prescriptions or eye tests!!!
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Re:contributions esa\income esa 6 years 10 months ago #14743

sueworld wrote:
Gareth wrote:
CB ESA is non-means tested however if CB ESA is your only source of income then you can get it topped up with IB ESA but only if you have no other source of household income e.g. a working partner.

Sorry to interject, but aren't both versions of ESA means tested? The old IB wasn't but the under the new system they will be, won't they?


To clairify, Contribution Based ESA is the successor to 'Incapacity Benefit' which was non-means tested whereas Income Based ESA is the successor to 'Income Support paid on the grounds of disability' which was means tested.
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