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TOPIC: Success with support group for ESA

Success with support group for ESA 5 years 11 months ago #73870

We heard today that my husband has been put into the support group for ESA. :woohoo: This is a huge relief... now I can just get back to trying to look after him.

I couldn't have begun to fill in the form without the Benefits and Work Guides. I just didn't understand what was required, because the forms were so vaguely worded.

But I took your advice and worked through everything very slowly and thoroughly. We ended up with a lot of extra pages, but I felt that at least I had tried to give them a full picture of how my husband's illness affects him every day.

It was a hugely depressing experience for both of us though. When you're actually just trying to get on with life, you try not to dwell on the difficulties. Yes, some days are horrendous, but you keep hoping for a better day (good days, alas, are a thing of the past.) Filling in the form forced both of us to face up to just how hard life is, not just sometimes, but most days.

Anyway, a very big thank you to Benefits and Work for their advice and help. It made all the difference.

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Re:Success with support group for ESA 5 years 11 months ago #73872

Hi Magwitch, really pleased for you both. Hope you can both now get some peace and quiet from 'the system'.

Best wishes,
Rachel :)

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Re:Success with support group for ESA 5 years 11 months ago #74105

Thank you. Although it's claimed that there is no difference in the benefits, my husband's IB was tax exempt, now it is taxable it's going to reduce our working tax credits pretty drastically.... they don't boast about that though!

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Re:Success with support group for ESA 5 years 11 months ago #74107

That is great news! What a relief for you!

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Re:Success with support group for ESA 5 years 11 months ago #74110

Hi
Congrats on SG, but I have a query regarding tax excemption. I thought that IB ESA IS etc were all taxable benefits, mine are and I get a P60 every year. I don't see how IB can be tax excempt, whereas DLA is.
Regards
Peter

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Re:Success with support group for ESA 5 years 11 months ago #74111

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Egon Peter Hopkinson wrote:

Hi
Congrats on SG, but I have a query regarding tax excemption. I thought that IB ESA IS etc were all taxable benefits, mine are and I get a P60 every year. I don't see how IB can be tax excempt, whereas DLA is.
Regards
Peter

I believe IB and SDA claims that were pre-1995 were tax exempt.

The exemption has not been carried forward into ESA.

Gordon

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