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TOPIC: Ending an ESA claim

Ending an ESA claim 7 months 1 week ago #203676

I am on ESA WRAG but wish to end my claim. I will shortly be recieving a scholarship to undertake PhD studies in another country, although I will be based in the UK. My experience over the years warns me to give DWP as little information as possible but to give it by registered mail.

How best do I go about it? Is there a specific form or can I just write a letter to my DWP office? Must I give explanation or just say ‘Please close my claim to ESA’? Should I leave it to the last minute and write ‘as of today’ or can I send it early and specify a date in two weeks time. Are there any other factors to consider?

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Ending an ESA claim 7 months 1 week ago #203688

Mathew

A letter asking the DWP to close your ESA from a specific date should be sufficient, send it to the DWP office that deals with your claim, any recent letter from them will have the address.

You should not need to provide a reason, but the DWP may chase you for one, so it might be less hassle to explain in the letter why you are closing the claim.

If you change your mind then you may be able to make a rapid re-claim providing no more than 12 weeks have elapsed from when the claim was closed.

Gordon

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Ending an ESA claim 6 months 3 weeks ago #204845

Thank you, Gordon.

I am unlikely to change my mind or have difficulty within the first 12 weeks, but just to set my mind at rest, if my condition means I cant continue with my studies in 1, 2 or 3 years time:

I understand that if the DWP refuses a claim for ESA, or an appeal fails, one loses eligibility for subsequent claims (unless one’s condition is different or significantly worse). However if one fails to return an ESA50 or fails to attend a medical assessment one does not lose eligibility for subsequent claims.

If, as I intend, I close my claim voluntarily with no explanation, would my previous receipt of ESA impact on any subsequent claim years from now? Or would it just be a new claim?

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Ending an ESA claim 6 months 3 weeks ago #204874

Mathew

There should be no reasons why you cannot make a new claim for ESA if you have closed your previous one, but be aware there may be other issues that may effect your doing so.

For example, if your current claim is for Contribution Based ESA then a new claim will require you to meet the two Contribution Conditions from scratch.

If you are placed in the WRAG, as it would be a new claim you would only be entitled to the Personal Allowance, the WRAG component is no longer payable.

For an Income Related claim, if your postcode is in a Universal Credit full service area when you claim then you would have to claim UC and ESA.

Gordon

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Ending an ESA claim 5 months 1 week ago #207669

Thank you. I managed to get my Housing Benefits and Council Tax Support stopped, but despite a Special Delivery letter to my DWP office asking that my ESA claim end on 12 February, and a similar hand delivered letter to my work coach at the local JobcentrePlus, the DWP continue to deposit ESA payments into my account!!

I have written another letter, I am currently on the other side of the world until May and I have no access to a phone line to call them ... any advice? What can I do to make it stop, and how do I repay the overpayment?

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Ending an ESA claim 5 months 1 week ago #207683

Mathew

You can try contacting your MP.

Contacting your MP

As to the overpayment, wait and see what the DWP do when they finally action closing your claim.

Gordon

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