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TOPIC: Why a 2 tier ESA

Why a 2 tier ESA 6 years 10 months ago #72088

I posted my ESA50 yesterday, I hoped I could forget about this whole business for a short while but things keep going round and round in my head.

Can anyone tell me why there is a two tier ESA benefit anyway? Either you are, or are not medically able to work, and people in both groups, wrag & sg are periodically reassessed.

Sorry to be a pest but I don’t know who else to ask.

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Re: Why a 2 tier ESA 6 years 10 months ago #72092

  • Survivor
Paying your NI contributions so that you get ESA(CB) means that your other income and capital is not taken into account (with some exceptions). Thus there is an advantage for some in paying NI contributions.

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Re:Why a 2 tier ESA 6 years 10 months ago #72094

  • RachelPotter
Hi, I think it is because there are varying degrees of disability, and some people will recover quicker than others and some will get progressively worse?

Best wishes,
Rachel

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Re:Why a 2 tier ESA 6 years 10 months ago #72099

to save money :dry:

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Re:Why a 2 tier ESA 6 years 10 months ago #72146

SusanH wrote:

I posted my ESA50 yesterday, I hoped I could forget about this whole business for a short while but things keep going round and round in my head.

Can anyone tell me why there is a two tier ESA benefit anyway? Either you are, or are not medically able to work, and people in both groups, wrag & sg are periodically reassessed.

Sorry to be a pest but I don’t know who else to ask.


In my opinion ESA doesn't consist of a two-tier system but rather a three-tier system, all with different qualifying criteria:-

(1) Support group.

(2) ESA(CB) work-related activity group, with a maximum of 1 year's entitlement.

(3) ESA(IB) work-related activity group with an award for as long as the conditions are satisfied.

And here's me thinking they are trying to simplify the benefits system? What utter tosh!!!

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