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TOPIC: Means test after 12 months of ESA - again!

Re:Means test after 12 months of ESA - again! 5 years 11 months ago #72374

RachelPotter wrote:

Mel, please, please, please be aware that they are also passing regulation to get overpayments back.
Best wishes,
Rachel


OMG OMG :( Have I been overpaid then? I have been in receipt of ESA since September 2010, so does this mean that if the bill becomes law in April, they will deduct 365 days from what I have received, and then ask me for the rest back? Our money is paying off our overdraft, not sitting in the bank. I am really worried now.

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Re:Means test after 12 months of ESA - again! 5 years 11 months ago #72376

Please could a moderator respond to this for clarification. I am worried sick.

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Re:Means test after 12 months of ESA - again! 5 years 11 months ago #72377

No

You are fine until the day that the Bill is passed!

Sorry, didn't mean to worry you.

It is only if you have had 365 days when the Bill is passed.....probably in April.

If you receive any payments after that day, they will likely ask for them back.

Best wishes,
Rachel

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Re:Means test after 12 months of ESA - again! 5 years 11 months ago #72383

I posted back over 10 mins ago?

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Re:Means test after 12 months of ESA - again! 5 years 11 months ago #72384

Hi Mel, I posted back over 10 mins ago.

Just incase it gets lost;

I am so sorry to have worried you.

You wont have to pay anything back that is paid to you before the Bill is passed.

If you have had 365 days when the Bill is passed, any money paid after that day will probably be recovered.

Sorry once again,
Rachel

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Re:Means test after 12 months of ESA - again! 5 years 11 months ago #72386

Mel wrote:

OMG OMG :( Have I been overpaid then? I have been in receipt of ESA since September 2010, so does this mean that if the bill becomes law in April, they will deduct 365 days from what I have received, and then ask me for the rest back? Our money is paying off our overdraft, not sitting in the bank. I am really worried now.

There is no need for you to worry, whilst the time limit for ESA(CB) is 365 days, it only applies retrospectively in the context of your ongoing entitlement.

So there will be no requirement for you to pay any money back just because you will have been in the WRAG for more than 365 days.

It just means means that your ESA(CB) will cease on 6 April 2012.

I hope this explains it.

Gordon

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