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    • janiebaby29
    • By janiebaby29 3rd Apr 10, 10:48 AM
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    been awarded ESA , What Help am i entitled to?
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    • 3rd Apr 10, 10:48 AM
    been awarded ESA , What Help am i entitled to? 3rd Apr 10 at 10:48 AM
    Do I get free prescriptions , dental treatment and help with glasses ??
    I do get housing benefit .
    Thanks
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    • calleyw
    • By calleyw 3rd Apr 10, 11:36 AM
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    • 3rd Apr 10, 11:36 AM
    Which ESA are you getting income based or contribution based.

    What other benefits apart from housing benefit do you get?

    Do you have any children?
    Do you have partner?
    If so do they work?

    Need to know a little more before any one can give any more help.

    Yours

    Calley
    • janiebaby29
    • By janiebaby29 3rd Apr 10, 11:39 AM
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    • 3rd Apr 10, 11:39 AM
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    • 3rd Apr 10, 11:39 AM
    Thanks , It doesnt say on the letter which one it is ,
    They will still pay my NHS contributions it states ,
    No children living at home ,
    Husband is out of work but not claming anything because of me,
    The JSA people told him this ,
    no other income at all ,
    I get council tax benefit as well
    The original janiebaby
    • calleyw
    • By calleyw 3rd Apr 10, 11:51 AM
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    Have you worked in the last few years if not then it is income based. And that will be effected by any other income coming in to the house.

    I don't get why your husband is not claiming. Again if he has worked the last few years and only just lost his job then he is entitled to contribution based JSA for 6 months.

    If you have care or mobility needs are you claiming DLA?

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    Calley
    • janiebaby29
    • By janiebaby29 3rd Apr 10, 11:56 AM
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    • 3rd Apr 10, 11:56 AM
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    • 3rd Apr 10, 11:56 AM
    Have you worked in the last few years if not then it is income based. And that will be effected by any other income coming in to the house.

    I don't get why your husband is not claiming. Again if he has worked the last few years and only just lost his job then he is entitled to contribution based JSA for 6 months.

    If you have care or mobility needs are you claiming DLA?

    Yours

    Calley
    Originally posted by calleyw
    yes I have worked , Im currently on long term sick at the moment , but my sick pay has run out from my employers .
    My husband has claimed since september , but his contributions ran out at the same time as my sick pay so i was told to claim for partner as well
    no immediate care or moblilty probelms as yet ,
    Im currently waiting to hear whether i will need surgery soon
    The original janiebaby
    • calleyw
    • By calleyw 3rd Apr 10, 12:16 PM
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    • 3rd Apr 10, 12:16 PM
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    • 3rd Apr 10, 12:16 PM
    Right it seems as if you are on contribution based ESA but are having a top of income support. But you need to double check as that makes a difference how you claim what.

    Do you have any savings between 6k -16K as that will effect any benefits that you can claim.

    You can claim help with health care costs with a HC1 form if on a low income.

    Don't forget that once your husband goes back to work that will effect any means tested benfits that you recieve.

    I am sure that someone else who can give you more help will be along soon.

    Yours

    Calley
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    • 3rd Apr 10, 12:55 PM
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    Calleyw just out of curiosity, when the husband does find a job what happens to the ESA and housing benefits?
    Assuming they both have less than £6000 in savings, but the husband is earning more than £20/25k a year.

    Will the ESA be removed completely because the husband is earning more than the ESA joint claim?
    Will the housing benefits be removed as well before they reach £6000 in savings? Or do they have a certain amount of time to save up some cash and reach the £6k figure?

    Thank you very much.
    • healy
    • By healy 3rd Apr 10, 1:53 PM
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    • 3rd Apr 10, 1:53 PM
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    Calleyw just out of curiosity, when the husband does find a job what happens to the ESA and housing benefits?
    Assuming they both have less than £6000 in savings, but the husband is earning more than £20/25k a year.

    Will the ESA be removed completely because the husband is earning more than the ESA joint claim?
    Will the housing benefits be removed as well before they reach £6000 in savings? Or do they have a certain amount of time to save up some cash and reach the £6k figure?

    Thank you very much.
    Originally posted by The Zealot
    The ESA if income based will go completely.

    They would not receive HB so they can reach £6000 in savings.
    • daska
    • By daska 3rd Apr 10, 2:38 PM
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    • 3rd Apr 10, 2:38 PM
    The DWP told me that if you qualify for Contribution Based ESA you continue to get ESA at the appropriate rate for the group you've been placed in until you are judged fit to work. So if hubby was claiming JSA then that would argue there is an Income Related top-up. Therefore the OP should be entitled to free prescriptions etc without having to claim it separately.

    Having said that, the DWP tell me a completely different story every time I get in touch!
    • calleyw
    • By calleyw 3rd Apr 10, 6:35 PM
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    Calleyw just out of curiosity, when the husband does find a job what happens to the ESA and housing benefits?
    Assuming they both have less than £6000 in savings, but the husband is earning more than £20/25k a year.
    Originally posted by The Zealot
    Healy has answered the question for you. If the op is getting what is income support top up then that will stop.

    HB and CT benefit and any help with health care will be lost if the OP's husband get a job earning more than 15K approx a year let a long 20/25K a year. So not sure why you have picked those figures.

    Because of joint claim and the top of income based ESA. How does that effect the OP's husbands NI being paid for him? Because if he was claiming JSA Income based it would be paid.

    Yours

    Calley
    • minjara
    • By minjara 4th Apr 10, 1:58 AM
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    my partners had to go through the same rigmaroll for this at the mo. If it is cont based with an income top up you get no help at all, what you will need to apply for is 3rd party help for gas/elec, hc1 for prescriptions and if you have a mortgage you will have to speak to them direct for help. The conts part overrules the income based top up.
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