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TOPIC: From contribution based award to income based.

From contribution based award to income based. 4 months 2 weeks ago #204254

Can you tell me if the DWP can change a person’s ESA from a contribution based award to an income related award. My son has had a letter informing him that he no longer gets a contribution based award but has been migrated to an income related award. The amount of money he gets will drop by over £60 a week. But not until December 2018. It looks like the amount is exactly the same as the extra money he gets for being “ severely disabled’

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From contribution based award to income based. 4 months 2 weeks ago #204267

Old Man wrote: Can you tell me if the DWP can change a person’s ESA from a contribution based award to an income related award. My son has had a letter informing him that he no longer gets a contribution based award but has been migrated to an income related award. The amount of money he gets will drop by over £60 a week. But not until December 2018. It looks like the amount is exactly the same as the extra money he gets for being “ severely disabled’


ESA(CB) will always be paid if the claimant is eligible, assuming the claim is unbroken then the only reason that it would be stopped would be if they had spent more than 365 days outside of the Support Group, even then it is entitlement to payment that is removed, not eligibility for ESA(CB).

Is it possible that your son is receiving Income Related ESA as a top-up to their ESA(CB)?

From your post I can't see an obvious reason why your son's ESA would be reduced unless something else has happened with his benefits.

Gordon
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From contribution based award to income based. 4 months 2 weeks ago #204270

Thanks Gordon, I must admit its beyond me. I also can't see how the take away a benefit in 12 months!

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From contribution based award to income based. 4 months 2 weeks ago #204285

Old Man

I'm afraid I can't comment without further information.

Gordon

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From contribution based award to income based. 4 months 2 weeks ago #204292

Will update the topic when I get further information. Thanks again.

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