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Backdated ESA payments

hey I hope somebody could help me because I am FREAKING OUT! I sent my form back about the underpayments from 2011 (well my mum filled it all in because I was terrified of doing it Incase I looked greedy and I generally just worry about all sorts!!) and it is around 12.5 weeks since! I randomly checked my bank this morning and there is a HUGE amount pending to go into my bank, in fact 5 separate amounts (4 of the same and one smaller amount!) but totalling an amount I have never seen in my life! I’m so scared it’s wrong but I daren't ring up to check (anxiety!!) so what do I do? Do they send the payment in smaller amounts I’m sure I read that they can’t pay one single payment above £5,000 before it has to go through MP’s? So do they send smaller amounts to avoid that? Sorry for rambling I’m just So scared and confused  😩😥😩

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,391 Disability Gamechanger
    HI,

    Yes, payments can be in smaller amounts. It's not unusual for payments to go into a bank before a letter is received. People have been owed ridiculously huge amounts because of the underpayments. Some have received more than £20,000.

    The good news is if it's more than £5,000 then it's disregarded for the life of the ESA award for all means tested benefits. I'm sure you'll receive a letter in the next few days.

    Enjoy the money, they owe it you!
    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.
  • wilkowilko Member Posts: 2,123 Disability Gamechanger
    Nice one, as poppy said don't feel guilty enjoy the lump sum it's what your owed. Should have been paid in the past, you managed without it so be careful and cautious how you spend it. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,391 Disability Gamechanger
    Cautious? why? I'd be treating myself for sure. There's no need to be cautious with spending it because you can't be accused of deprivation of capital anytime in the future. My advice, ENJOY!!
    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.
  • Dotty123Dotty123 Member Posts: 492 Pioneering
    Hi I rang esa again about getting my money now tribunal sent letter they say they still havnt heard so can sent them my copy do you think that will work to get my money backdated and sorted solicitor says regulation 30 (3) in the esa ref say they should be paying me is that correct I no I go on bout this but iv gone no esa since feb be nice to have it back sorry if annoy you 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,391 Disability Gamechanger
    You don't annoy me Dotty but i don't know what else to advise you with, other than what i've already said.

    Ring ESA and tell them you've heard back from HMCTS that they've accepted your Tribunal request and give them your reference number that's on the top of the letter.

    Then email the Tribunal and ask them if they've contacted DWP.

    If this doesn't work then you'll need to speak to someone from an advice agency like CAB and they'll ring DWP in your behalf.
    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.
  • Dotty123Dotty123 Member Posts: 492 Pioneering
    Iv asked if they want my ref no they said no il sort it thank you 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,391 Disability Gamechanger
    I know it's frustrating but even when they do receive the letter, it can still take a few weeks after that for your payments to re-start and your backdated money to paid to you.
    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.
  • Dotty123Dotty123 Member Posts: 492 Pioneering
  • jakki31jakki31 Member Posts: 9 Listener
    nnic98 said:
    hey I hope somebody could help me because I am FREAKING OUT! I sent my form back about the underpayments from 2011 (well my mum filled it all in because I was terrified of doing it Incase I looked greedy and I generally just worry about all sorts!!) and it is around 12.5 weeks since! I randomly checked my bank this morning and there is a HUGE amount pending to go into my bank, in fact 5 separate amounts (4 of the same and one smaller amount!) but totalling an amount I have never seen in my life! I’m so scared it’s wrong but I daren't ring up to check (anxiety!!) so what do I do? Do they send the payment in smaller amounts I’m sure I read that they can’t pay one single payment above £5,000 before it has to go through MP’s? So do they send smaller amounts to avoid that? Sorry for rambling I’m just So scared and confused  😩😥😩
    Hi I received one back payment yet mine is ment to be backdated from September 2014 the money I received was only 2 and a half k but I've been working it out and it doesn't add up I'm just wondering would I be expecting more or is that it I'm just lost and confused 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,391 Disability Gamechanger
    jakki31 said:

    Hi I received one back payment yet mine is ment to be backdated from September 2014 the money I received was only 2 and a half k but I've been working it out and it doesn't add up I'm just wondering would I be expecting more or is that it I'm just lost and confused 
    The Enhanced disability premium that's automatically paid on top of Income related ESA was £16.40 per week, from April 2018 (less in previous years)

    The only other disability premium that's payable on ESA is the Severe disability premium which is £64.30 per week from April 2018 (less in previous years) BUT to receive this there's criteria, which is as follows. You must receive either DLA mid/high rate care or PIP daily living. No one must claim carers allowance for looking after you and you must live alone or be classed as living alone. So, does any of this apply to you?

    The other disability premium that available is NOT payable when 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.
  • jakki31jakki31 Member Posts: 9 Listener
    jakki31 said:

    Hi I received one back payment yet mine is ment to be backdated from September 2014 the money I received was only 2 and a half k but I've been working it out and it doesn't add up I'm just wondering would I be expecting more or is that it I'm just lost and confused 
    The Enhanced disability premium that's automatically paid on top of Income related ESA was £16.40 per week, from April 2018 (less in previous years)

    The only other disability premium that's payable on ESA is the Severe disability premium which is £64.30 per week from April 2018 (less in previous years) BUT to receive this there's criteria, which is as follows. You must receive either DLA mid/high rate care or PIP daily living. No one must claim carers allowance for looking after you and you must live alone or be classed as living alone. So, does any of this apply to you?

    The other disability premium that available is NOT payable when claiming ESA.
    Thank you poppy for replying I am on pip daily living but didn't start claiming it till 2015 but the amount I received for underpayment still doesn't add up they only gave me one payment for £2447k so I'm just confused 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,391 Disability Gamechanger
    Do you live alone or classed as living alone and does anyone claim carers allowance for looking after you?
    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.
  • jakki31jakki31 Member Posts: 9 Listener
    Do you live alone or classed as living alone and does anyone claim carers allowance for looking after you?
    No don't live alone and yes there is someone claiming carers allowance 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,391 Disability Gamechanger
    Then it will just be the Enhanced disability premium. How much you would have received will depend on your circumstances in the dates which you were assessed from. You should have received a full breakdown of the decision.

    If you disagree then you need to contact DWP because it's impossible to tell you if that amount is correct or not.  You can't compare someone else to yourself because all our circumstances are different. Nnic98 may have been entitled to the severe disability premium which would have given them a massive amount of back dated money.
    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.
  • jakki31jakki31 Member Posts: 9 Listener
    Then it will just be the Enhanced disability premium. How much you would have received will depend on your circumstances in the dates which you were assessed from. You should have received a full breakdown of the decision.

    If you disagree then you need to contact DWP because it's impossible to tell you if that amount is correct or not.  You can't compare someone else to yourself because all our circumstances are different. Nnic98 may have been entitled to the severe disability premium which would have given them a massive amount of back dated money.
    Yes I understand that but it the letter I received it just said £16.40 I think for a top up from September 2014 till April when I received my back payment I added that up it just didn't work out to the amount I received that's what I was confused about but yes I suppose I'll have to phone them but it's going to be to late to appeal as I only had a month to do it 😔
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,391 Disability Gamechanger
    What dates was it from? \You say September 2014 until when?
    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.
  • jakki31jakki31 Member Posts: 9 Listener
    What dates was it from? \You say September 2014 until when?
    It says from 04 September 2014 to 27th March 2019
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,391 Disability Gamechanger
    There may have been times during that period where you weren't entitled to the top up, without knowing all of your circumstances it's totally impossible to advise. You really will need to speak to DWP about this. If you haven't had a full breakdown of the money owed then i'd ask for that as well but you should have received that when the decision was made.

    Ring them tomorrow, they open at 8.
    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.
  • jakki31jakki31 Member Posts: 9 Listener
    There may have been times during that period where you weren't entitled to the top up, without knowing all of your circumstances it's totally impossible to advise. You really will need to speak to DWP about this. If you haven't had a full breakdown of the money owed then i'd ask for that as well but you should have received that when the decision was made.

    Ring them tomorrow, they open at 8.
    There was a letter on there for the 2014 to 2015 it was £15.55 the it went up to £15.75 it says extra money for looking after you at home then 13/08/15 my Pip is on there but £0.00 next to it it's weird there's two sections cont and ur ones £115.10 and the other is £125.55 
  • jakki31jakki31 Member Posts: 9 Listener
    jakki31 said:
    There may have been times during that period where you weren't entitled to the top up, without knowing all of your circumstances it's totally impossible to advise. You really will need to speak to DWP about this. If you haven't had a full breakdown of the money owed then i'd ask for that as well but you should have received that when the decision was made.

    Ring them tomorrow, they open at 8.
    There was a letter on there for the 2014 to 2015 it was £15.55 the it went up to £15.75 it says extra money for looking after you at home then 13/08/15 my Pip is on there but £0.00 next to it it's weird there's two sections cont and ur ones £115.10 and the other is £125.55 
    Sorry I ment ir 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,391 Disability Gamechanger
    As you seem to have received the breakdown from between those dates then i'd advise you to take all the paper work to a local advice centre near you and they will take a look at it to see if it's correct. Unless you understand the benefits system then you won't understand the breakdown of payments.
    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.
  • jakki31jakki31 Member Posts: 9 Listener
    As you seem to have received the breakdown from between those dates then i'd advise you to take all the paper work to a local advice centre near you and they will take a look at it to see if it's correct. Unless you understand the benefits system then you won't understand the breakdown of payments.
    OK thanks for you're help I will do that 
  • Dotty123Dotty123 Member Posts: 492 Pioneering
    Hi me again sorry as you no I got my tribunal letter Easter Saturday you said ring esa on Tuesday I did they say not got letter I offered them my ref number they say don’t need it iv rang everyday to see if progressed no I got jobcentre to scan my letter over iv emailed court for them to do same today rang not got it what do I have to do to get my backdated money iv had none since feb still can’t get it sorry to bother you again your only one replies
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,391 Disability Gamechanger
    Dotty123 said:
    Hi me again sorry as you no I got my tribunal letter Easter Saturday you said ring esa on Tuesday I did they say not got letter I offered them my ref number they say don’t need it iv rang everyday to see if progressed no I got jobcentre to scan my letter over iv emailed court for them to do same today rang not got it what do I have to do to get my backdated money iv had none since feb still can’t get it sorry to bother you again your only one replies
    It's fine Dotty, no worries.

    I really don't know what else you can do. Have you contacted your local CAB to see if they can assist you with this? They can ring DWP on your behalf to see what's going on. Sometimes with DWP you have to be firm (not angry or nasty) just firm, otherwise they will give you the run around, like they're doing now.

    I really have no idea why they haven't received anything from HMCTS or why they refuse to take your reference number off you. Did they say why they don't need the reference number?
    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.
  • Dotty123Dotty123 Member Posts: 492 Pioneering
    Said waiting for letter 
  • Dotty123Dotty123 Member Posts: 492 Pioneering
    Good news rang esa today and they have my letter from court thank you for putting up with me 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,391 Disability Gamechanger
    That's great news @Dotty123 ....finally. You're welcome, anytime! xx
    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.
  • Dotty123Dotty123 Member Posts: 492 Pioneering
    Hi got email from dwp saying payment to bank end of 30/4/19 Grt thank you for all your help 
  • Dotty123Dotty123 Member Posts: 492 Pioneering
    Is my money backdated to feb when stopped at £73.10 week xx
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,391 Disability Gamechanger
    edited April 2019
    Yes it should be backdated and yes it's £73.10 per week while you wait for the Tribunal.
    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.
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Administrator Posts: 7,403 Scope community team
    That's good news @Dotty123! I'm sorry I've not been able to advise with all your queries about this, but you've been in great hands with @poppy123456
    Keep us updated while you wait for your tribunal. :)
    Senior Community Partner
    Scope
  • Dotty123Dotty123 Member Posts: 492 Pioneering
    Thank you you poppy helped me lot 
  • Dotty123Dotty123 Member Posts: 492 Pioneering
    Got my backdated money thank you xx
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,391 Disability Gamechanger
    Dotty123 said:
    Got my backdated money thank you xx
    Great news!! You're welcome, as always xx
    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.
  • Dotty123Dotty123 Member Posts: 492 Pioneering
    Do you no how long it takes to get tribunal date is it weeks months x
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,391 Disability Gamechanger
    Dotty123 said:
    Do you no how long it takes to get tribunal date is it weeks months x
    It's months i'm afraid. Sorry to say but backlogs are huge so don't expect anything soon as some are waiting in excess of 1 year. Your ESA will of course continue while you wait but you'll need to keep sending those sick notes in. x
    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.
  • Dotty123Dotty123 Member Posts: 492 Pioneering
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Administrator Posts: 7,403 Scope community team
    Dotty123 said:
    Got my backdated money thank you xx
    Great news! 
    Senior Community Partner
    Scope
  • lucysam5lucysam5 Member Posts: 12 Connected
    Hi I am a bit puzzled here  I was on incapacity benefit  from year 2000 until 2013 & changed to E S A today the present day could I request to see if I qualify  for any back payment  
  • Dotty123Dotty123 Member Posts: 492 Pioneering
    Yes try can’t hurt to try 
  • WaylayWaylay Member Posts: 888 Pioneering
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,391 Disability Gamechanger
    lucysam5 said:
    Hi I am a bit puzzled here  I was on incapacity benefit  from year 2000 until 2013 & changed to E S A today the present day could I request to see if I qualify  for any back payment  
    They are in the process of contacting everyone that transferred across and they will eventually send you a form to fill in and return.
    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.
  • lucysam5lucysam5 Member Posts: 12 Connected
    Ok thanks for the advice I will let you know & keep in touch 
  • cecilslopcabbage63cecilslopcabbage63 Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Hi I'm looking for advice for my son. He was given a backdated payment of 11,000 underpayment for ESA it says on the letter this is to be disregarded for 1yr. He has moved to a flat and put housing benefit and council tax form in the council along with proof of the underpayment. Today he received a letter to pay full council tax. He is now panacking he wont get housing benefit. This is not savings it was what he was owed. He has severe mental health issues.Any advice would be really appreciated.  Thank you
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,391 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi I'm looking for advice for my son. He was given a backdated payment of 11,000 underpayment for ESA it says on the letter this is to be disregarded for 1yr. He has moved to a flat and put housing benefit and council tax form in the council along with proof of the underpayment. Today he received a letter to pay full council tax. He is now panacking he wont get housing benefit. This is not savings it was what he was owed. He has severe mental health issues.Any advice would be really appreciated.  Thank you
    Hi,

    If it was a DWP official error then it will be disregarded for the life of his ESA claim because it's more than £5,000. He'll need to ring ESA to ask. If it's not disregarded for life then it's definitely for 1 year and he needs to contact his local council and ask them why it's not been disregarded because it definitely should be.
    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.
  • cecilslopcabbage63cecilslopcabbage63 Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Thank you so much for your reply. I will do what you have suggested on monday. It says on his letter its disregarded for 1 year which is the beginning of january 2020. Haven't heard from housing benefit yet just council tax. Your advice is really appreciated. Thank you again.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,391 Disability Gamechanger
    May i ask why he received the backdated money? Was he previously claiming incapacity benefit before ESA and the underpayment was because of that?
    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.
  • cecilslopcabbage63cecilslopcabbage63 Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Yes it was from being on incapacity benefit. The being put on contribution based ESA.When he should have been on income related with SDP. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,391 Disability Gamechanger
    edited May 2019
    Then the backdated money is disregarded for the life of the ESA claim and not for just 1 year because it's more than £5,000 and an official DWP error.
    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.
  • cecilslopcabbage63cecilslopcabbage63 Member Posts: 5 Listener
    We were told under £5000 was disregarded for life, or until the claim ended. Anything over that amount was disregarded for 1yr. On his letter it has 1yr. Thank you for your reply. I will check this out.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,391 Disability Gamechanger
    We were told under £5000 was disregarded for life, or until the claim ended. Anything over that amount was disregarded for 1yr. On his letter it has 1yr. Thank you for your reply. I will check this out.
    That's not correct. It's the other way round. Under £5,000 and it's 1 year, over £5,000 when it's an official DWP error only, it's for the life of the ESA claim. I knew there was proof somewhere and here it is. https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/how-do-savings-and-lump-sum-pay-outs-affect-benefits#backdated-lump-sum-payments-from-dwp

    My advice is for your son to ring DWP also because the 1 year disregard is incorrect.

    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.
  • cecilslopcabbage63cecilslopcabbage63 Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Ah thank you so much for all your help and replies. Thank god for people like you, for people like me. I feel much better at the end of the day than i did at the beginning. They should have looked at this and sorted it before sending things out that can cause so much distress. My son has Schizophrenia and this has so much chaos today. When it was money he has been owed through the DWP error. Thank you again. I will let you know how it goes.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,391 Disability Gamechanger
    You're very welcome. I'm glad i could help you!
    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.
  • lucysam5lucysam5 Member Posts: 12 Connected
    Is  e s a support getting backdated or  the components i don't understand which one it is 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,391 Disability Gamechanger
    lucysam5 said:
    Is  e s a support getting backdated or  the components i don't understand which one it is 
    If you were transferred from Incapacity benefit to ESA then DWP will eventually contact you, if they haven't already. If they have already then you'll need to wait for DWP to make a decision, once they have they will send you a decision letter.
    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.
  • lucysam5lucysam5 Member Posts: 12 Connected
    I  got a letter just say that it transfered automaticly  in 2013  after being on incapasity  from 2000 until2013 until the present i also got a letter to go for a Assement  on the 4th of March which i got reply on the 18th of April  i got 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,391 Disability Gamechanger
    lucysam5 said:
    I  got a letter just say that it transfered automaticly  in 2013  after being on incapasity  from 2000 until2013 until the present i also got a letter to go for a Assement  on the 4th of March which i got reply on the 18th of April  i got 
    If you were always claiming the premiums on top, which is called Income related top up then you won't be owed any backdated money. If you were sent an ESA3 form then you need to fill it in and return it.

    The assessment you had is totally different.
    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.
  • danhabt86danhabt86 Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Hello there how can I apply for a backdate claim
    my brother who is on elmpoyment support allowance recently just changed to income support related after an error by dwp since 2010 but I still haven’t got any letter stating he would get any backdate payment 
    I understand it’s   towards the end of 2019 and getting worried 
    Any advice anyone ?
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,391 Disability Gamechanger
    danhabt86 said:
    Hello there how can I apply for a backdate claim
    my brother who is on elmpoyment support allowance recently just changed to income support related after an error by dwp since 2010 but I still haven’t got any letter stating he would get any backdate payment 
    I understand it’s   towards the end of 2019 and getting worried 
    Any advice anyone ?
    Hi,

    There's no such thing as income support related. Are you talking about the incapacity benefit to ESA error? If so then DWP are in the process of contacting those that transferred across. When they do contact him then will send him a form to fill in with all his details. They will then assess him for the income related top up. Whether he's entitled to any backdated money will totally depend on his circumstances at that time. Some have been owed money and some haven't.

    Once the form is received he'll need to wait for a decision to made and this can take in excess of 20 weeks.
    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.
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 9,481 Scope community team
    Hi @danhabt86 and welcome to the community! How are you getting on?
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    Scope
  • danhabt86danhabt86 Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Not so good 
    I been trying to sort my brothers esa payments
    he is been on the wrong one the past 7 years and I want to backdate the £16 a week he been missing
    i got this morning and declining the decision 
    whats the best way to get around this ?
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,391 Disability Gamechanger
    danhabt86 said:
    Not so good 
    I been trying to sort my brothers esa payments
    he is been on the wrong one the past 7 years and I want to backdate the £16 a week he been missing
    i got this morning and declining the decision 
    whats the best way to get around this ?
    Whether he's entitled to the backdated money will totally depend on his circumstances between the dates stated in the letter that was received. Some have been entitled to backdated money and some haven't. It's impossible to give you any answers on an internet forum. There's no point taking this any further if he's not entitled to any backdated money.

    Before he does anything else he needs to take all of his paper work to a local advice centre near him and they will tell him for sure whether or not he's owed any money.

    To add to that information, may i ask when he first transferred to ESA was in the work related activity group and was then recently moved to the support group? I see in an above comment you state that he's been recently changes to income support related... do you mean he was recently move to the support group?
    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.
  • danhabt86danhabt86 Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Thanks for reply
    well he have been on the contribution based since 2010
    and just recently changed to income related

  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,391 Disability Gamechanger
    danhabt86 said:
    Thanks for reply
    well he have been on the contribution based since 2010
    and just recently changed to income related

    I'm afraid it's impossible to give you any further help with such little information. He needs to speak to an advice agency near him for face to face advice and he will need to take all his paper work with him. Not everyone is entitled to any backdated money, it will depend on circumstances.
    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.
  • Haylou27Haylou27 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Hello everyone... I wondered if anyone could advise me. I've been in a work related group esa for a couple of years, for just over a year I've been waiting on a health assessment to see about getting moved to support group esa, I had to cancel the first 2 times but finally had it in Dec 2019, will my payment be backdated to Dec 2019 or will they be backdated further as I should have been in a support group ages ago, will it get backdated to the date the dwp originally asked for the health assessment or just to the actual date the health assessment took place? Thanks in advance 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,391 Disability Gamechanger
    Haylou27 said:
    Hello everyone... I wondered if anyone could advise me. I've been in a work related group esa for a couple of years, for just over a year I've been waiting on a health assessment to see about getting moved to support group esa, I had to cancel the first 2 times but finally had it in Dec 2019, will my payment be backdated to Dec 2019 or will they be backdated further as I should have been in a support group ages ago, will it get backdated to the date the dwp originally asked for the health assessment or just to the actual date the health assessment took place? Thanks in advance 

    Hi you're question has been answered here on your other thread https://community.scope.org.uk/discussion/67540/esa-change-to-support-group-from-work-related-group#latest

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  • janvjanv Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Hi. I just found out my son is in the wrong ESA benefit  he has been since he was changed over some tears ago. I got a letter and responded completing a from and hear nothing to presumed he was on correct benefit. Recently I was looking at why he didnt get free dental care and saw there was a severe disability payment payment available on ESA . I enquired about this as he is severely disabled. I was told he cant claim for this on his type of ESA. I questioned why he was on that esa then as he is clearly severely disabled being totally blind, autistic, learning  disability, tube fed etc etc  they are sending out forms to claim the correct ESA now  will he be entitled to back pay for the severe premium and how far can that be backdated for? He has lived in supported living for the last 8 years so is classed as loving alone. Nobody has claimed carers allowance for him for about 16 years. He does get pip higher rate and mobility high rate allowance. Thank you. 
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Administrator Posts: 7,403 Scope community team
    Hello @janv and welcome to the community. When people were moved from incapacity benefit to ESA many weren't assessed for the income-related top up so premiums such as SDP weren't applied when they should have been. 

    If it was their mistake then it can be backdated for the entire period he should have been paid it for. 

    Best of luck with the claim for it and if you have any questions or we can help at all please let us know. 
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    Scope
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