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    • portofcall
    • By portofcall 9th Jul 17, 1:32 PM
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    About to go DRO but just had increase in ESA.
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    • 9th Jul 17, 1:32 PM
    About to go DRO but just had increase in ESA. 9th Jul 17 at 1:32 PM
    I was just on the cusp of submitting for an DRO application when I received an increase in my ESA - They have started paying my Severe Disability Premium which is an increase of 63 pounds a week.

    Please tell me if this affects my application for a DRO and should I still go ahead with the submission?
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    • By sourcrates 9th Jul 17, 3:28 PM
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    Hi,

    In a Debt Relief Order, DLA or PIP is counted as “income”, I assume ESA will be treated the same way, however there will be a line added into your “expenditure” that is for the same amount as for your “disability expenses”. This means that you will often pass the “not more than £50 a month surplus income” test for a DRO, even if you are currently paying more than that amount to your creditors.

    So the government agrees that disability benefits are required for everyday expenses and shouldn’t be used to pay your creditors.

    You should discuss this with your intermediary.
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    • 11th Jul 17, 3:33 PM
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    Hi Portofcall

    You will have to tell your intermediary about the increase in your ESA and amend your statement of affairs (SOA) accordingly. Unfortunately the ESA cannot be disregarded as an income but you may find it allows you to budget a little more comfortably for things like your food shopping.

    If overall you still have less than £50 per month available for your debts you will still meet that particular condition of the DRO. Will you be receiving a backdated award? The other thing to be aware of would be a lump sum payment that might take you over the £1000 asset limit.

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