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I don't understand the situation with the backdated I.R. ESA
Hello, can someone please explain how this I.R. ESA back dated issue works please? I got changed over from Incapacity Benefit in 2012, and was put on to ESA. I guess this was contrib ESA, and for 1 year only. I didn't apply for I.R. ESA at that time, because the DWP didn't know about that kind of thing, hence the backdated issue that everyone has now been recently informed about.
When my first year of contrib ESA ended, back in 2013, I did not apply for I.R. ESA then, because at that time, my savings were above 16K. However, I continued to receive NICS. I guess these were contrib based?
Fast forward to late 2018, and my savings went below 6K, and so I applied for ESA again, the I.R. version, and I got my benefits money. (I should have applied when my savings went below 16K instead. Whoops, my mistake.)
So in 2019, I get the I.R. ESA backdated form, that a lot of people have received, and I put on the form that my savings were between 6K and 16K during most of 2018. I got the award money.
But a couple of things don't make sense to me:
When I phoned the ESA recently, they told me that I am on contrib ESA. Surely that's wrong. Surely I should be on I.R. ESA, because I reapplied for I.R. ESA money in late 2018, when my savings went below 6K.
And the other thing, and this is the bit I really don't understand - how can you get BOTH IR and contrib ESA at the same time?! Do you really get double the amount - I take it that this is not the case. So, what happens, roughly, in terms of a weekly payment amount?
Should I ask for my contrib ESA to be back dated, now that I have received back dated I.R. ESA? Because my ESA start date is at the end of 2018, when I started to receive benefits money again, whereas my new I.R. ESA back dated claim date, which has been successful, is more towards the beginning of 2018.
Sorry for the novel length question! Thanks a lot if anyone can shed any light on anything above!!