ESA contribution based

Back in July I posted about an issue I was having re-applying for contribution ESA after a short period of returning to work. 

The issue related to the 12 week period during which you are allowed to re-apply and it be linked to your original claim.

Well in short, today after months of back and forth, the DWP have finally admitted that they gave me the wrong information (ie:13 weeks not 12 weeks) which meant I wasn't eligible for the ESA when I re-applied and have agreed to backdate my payments to the 2nd July.

I had great info off here and also help from the benefits advisor at Maggie's who gave me information relating to DWP maladministration.

I am obviously very happy with the result but really frustrated that I had to do what I have had to do.

For those that helped by responding to my original post, thank you. 

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  • calcotticalcotti Forumite
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    I vaguely remember that thread. I’m amazed at the outcome because I wouldn’t have thought they could legally reinstate the ESA if the gap exceeded 12 weeks. However good outcome.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Some rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • Tiggy_WiggyTiggy_Wiggy Forumite
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    They said because they gave me the wrong information it was a case of maladministration. I'm happy to share the letter confirming everything when I receive it. Hopefully it will help others. 
  • Robbie64Robbie64 Forumite
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    Congratulations Tiggy_Wiggy. I do remember the thread. I'm glad it's been sorted in your favour.
  • calcotticalcotti Forumite
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    They said because they gave me the wrong information it was a case of maladministration. I'm happy to share the letter confirming everything when I receive it. Hopefully it will help others. 
    No need for that. My amazement wasn’t because I was doubting you just that I really didn’t expect it. Great result for you - well done for pursuing it.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Some rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • Spoonie_TurtleSpoonie_Turtle Forumite
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    Wow, what an unexpectedly great outcome (albeit incredibly bad that the situation arose to require an outcome in the first place)!  Congratulations, I'm sure it must be a huge relief.
  • Kim1965Kim1965 Forumite
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    I remember your thread, it seemed so un just. . I am very pleased you have some financial support, i hope your condition is stable. Good luck. 
  • Kim1965Kim1965 Forumite
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    I remember your thread, it seemed so un just. . I am very pleased you have some financial support, i hope your condition is stable. Good luck. 
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