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I feel sick with worry today and I don't know if I'm worrying over nothing or not. 
Our son's child tax credits finished this week and I rang up Income Support to inform them. My husband then rang his ESA to inform them too but I'm terrified now he's contacted them they'll reassess him for his ESA.
My husband says it's just my anxiety making me overthink things but I really wish he hadn't phoned them. 

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  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Administrator Posts: 7,030 Scope community team
    Hi @starbuck, I'm sorry to read this is worrying you. Informing them of a change to income won't trigger a reassessment and it is important he makes them aware of changes like that. 

    If he's sent for a reassessment, it would be purely coincidental.
    Senior Community Partner
    Scope
  • starbuckstarbuck Member Posts: 128 Courageous
    Thank goodness for that. I've been worried sick. Looking at the paperwork we have from them it says to inform them of changes to other family members benefits. Our older son started to receive Pip and ESA around 3 years ago but I don't think we told my husband's ESA about this. Surely they must know by now? Or will he have to update them about this? I find it so confusing working out who to tell about which changes. 
    I know we informed the council when he first received these benefits but I'm sure ESA weren't updated. Just another thing to set off my anxiety!
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 18,542 Disability Gamechanger
    You son's benefits won't affect either yours or your husbands ESA.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • starbuckstarbuck Member Posts: 128 Courageous
    So does that mean I don't need to update them? 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 18,542 Disability Gamechanger
    Your son is an adult in his own right and his benefits will not affect any benefits you're entitled to.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • starbuckstarbuck Member Posts: 128 Courageous
    So no need to tell them then? Sorry to keep banging on about this. I'm still trying to convince myself I'm worrying over nothing thinking they will reassess my husband 😞
  • starbuckstarbuck Member Posts: 128 Courageous
    It says to report changes to benefits anyone else in the house gets. I get so paranoid about needing to report everything! Do I not need to inform them as it wouldn't affect our money in any way? 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 18,542 Disability Gamechanger
    As advised your son's benefits have have no impact on any benefits you're entitled to. Even though it states all changes need to be reported this isn't a change of circumstances and you don't need to tell DWP that your son is claiming ESA.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • starbuckstarbuck Member Posts: 128 Courageous
    edited November 2019
    Thankyou! And my husband won't be reassessed because he phoned them?
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 18,542 Disability Gamechanger
    You're welcome. No,he won't be, as Adrian has advised, if he is sent another work capability assessment form then it will be pure coincidence. Remember he can be re-assessed anytime from 3 months.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • starbuckstarbuck Member Posts: 128 Courageous
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