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    • Dan1961
    • By Dan1961 5th Mar 18, 3:07 PM
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    ESA 12 months up, what now?
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    • 5th Mar 18, 3:07 PM
    ESA 12 months up, what now? 5th Mar 18 at 3:07 PM
    Hi everyone,
    I'm guessing this question has been asked numerous times but need advice on my particular circumstances etc.
    I was retired medically from my driving job of 32 years, I was advised to go on to ESA which I did and have been in receipt of payments since may 2017.
    I received a letter recently stating that the 12 months were nearing and I would no longer be entitled to these payments.
    I knew this anyway but my question is what do I do now?
    Will I be entitled to a different benefit?
    I have never claimed benefits and at a loss as to what to do next
    My wife works part time and we just about get by with the adition of ESA to her salary but when it stops it will be a diffferent story.

    Thanks in anticipation for any help with advice.
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    • epitome
    • By epitome 10th Mar 18, 10:56 AM
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    Hi everyone,
    I'm guessing this question has been asked numerous times but need advice on my particular circumstances etc.
    I was retired medically from my driving job of 32 years, I was advised to go on to ESA which I did and have been in receipt of payments since May 2017.
    I received a letter recently stating that the 12 months were nearing and I would no longer be entitled to these payments.
    I knew this anyway but my question is what do I do now?
    Will I be entitled to a different benefit?
    I have never claimed benefits and at a loss as to what to do next
    My wife works part time and we just about get by with the adition of ESA to her salary but when it stops it will be a diffferent story.

    Thanks in anticipation for any help with advice.
    Originally posted by Dan1961
    If you worked full time for many years and you claimed ESA immediately after stopping work, then you should be able to renew your ESA for another year and possibly when that 2nd year runs out for another 3rd year. The catch is there has to be a 12 week gap between each year but you don't have to close the ESA claim and you will remain in the same group after your medical.

    How many hours does your wife work a week?
    Have you had your medical yet? What was the result? Support Group - no need to renew for another year as ESA Conts will not stop after 1 year. If you are in WRAG (or fighting an appeal or making new claims on worsening). Your ESA will be like this:

    May '17 - May '18 <12 week gap>

    Aug '18 - Aug '19 <12 week gap>

    Nov '19 - Nov '20 <12 week gap>

    March 2020 = impossible to renew for a fourth year...unless you also claim Carer's Allowance -to care for someone else- in tax year April 6th 2018 - April 5th 2019 The Carer's Allowance (CA) need only be open for 1 week whether or not the CA pays you does not matter. It only matters that the CA claim is allowed and is live..... and then you can close it. You could claim CA during your 12 week ESA gap May '18 - Aug '18.... otherwise CA would not pay you any money, but if claimed in the ESA gap they would pay you money.


    If you have not been assessed for medical yet, you need to understand this before making a fuss:

    WRAG rate (£73.10) is exactly the same as assessment rate (£73.10)
    You may fail the medical and then you have all the hassle that this will bring
    Support Group rate £109.65

    So you don't make a fuss and DWP continue to pay you assessment rate as long as provide sick notes.
    Or you do make a fuss and DWP assess you
    You either fail, pass for WRAG or pass for SG..... You would only be better off if you pass for SG and statistically SG is the least likely outcome for a medical.


    Although it is unlikely anyone would have to wait more than 15 months for a medical, if you did renew your tax year and continued on assessment rate in year 2, then had a medical, the group WRAG or SG would be applied from the 92nd of your year 1 and would continue into year 2.

    If you feel certain that you will get SG, you can make a fuss by contacting Medical Services and speak to their managers, there is not much DWP can do for you, except in exception the DWP managers could phone the Medical Services managers, for example if you made a formal complaint to DWP. But the first thing you should try is just phone Medical Services managers yourself.

    If you are already in WRAG and have worsened such that you think now you should be in SG and thus getting SG ESA Conts payments. You don't have to make a new claim (if you did make a new claim you would first have to close your existing claim). You just write a letter with medical evidence of the new condition and ask to be reassessed for Support Group. If you supply no medical evidence -just a letter- your SG will only be applied from the date of your decision (i.e. possibly 8 months or so after you wrote your letter). If you do supply evidence with your letter your SG will be applied to the claim from the date of the letter even if the decision is not made for another 8 months.

    FINALLY....
    If you want to apply for another year of ESA Conts after your first year has run out... wait the 12 week period then phone ESA helpline. Say you want to apply for new year of ESA Conts and that you want it to start from the day after the 12 weeks gap, and you want a call back from the processing centre to confirm this will be actioned. You DO NOT have to make a new claim, and the helpline CANNOT refuse this request and SHOULD NOT redirect you to make a new claim. When you get the call back the processing centre may or may not send you an ESA1.


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    Last edited by epitome; 10-03-2018 at 1:15 PM.
    • epitome
    • By epitome 10th Mar 18, 11:06 AM
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    I do believe that the DWP were found lacking in not carrying out this exercise in the past which resulted in many people not only having their benefit stopped and for some not being paid the correct level of income where a Income Based top up should have been paid in addition to the Contribution Based element together with unpaid premiums as well.
    Originally posted by Danday
    It would appear that you live within an area that is overstaffed with DWP civil servants.
    Never have I heard or had personally any such correspondence or 'a knock on the door from a DWP employee'.
    My experience has been the opposite. I was on ESA (contributions based) until I was 65! It was by chance that I realised that at 65 I should have been claiming an Income Based benefit as well and could have done so for the previous 5 years. When a claim was made for Pension Credit they would not entertain any of the unclaimed 5 years even though our income would have generated one.
    Originally posted by Danday
    As Tellit has said this was only in relation to people who were on IB and were migrated to ESA Conts only. The law required the DWP to assess them for Income Related but the DWP did not do this.

    As to your own circumstances, Dan, the law allows you to backdate a claim for ESA Income Related to a date of a supersession that occurred within your ESA Conts claim.

    A supersession would be for example when the DWP did your medical and decided to fail you or to put you in the WRAG or SG.

    So tell me....
    Are you still on ESA?
    Did you make a claim for ESA or did you get moved from IB?
    When did your ESA claim start?
    Did you only claim ESA Conts?
    When it started what rate were you on?
    What date did your rate change? To what rate/group?


    Currently the DWP are only allowing backdating to a date of a supersession back to October 2014 and no further, due to another law that restricts them from going back further.


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    • epitome
    • By epitome 10th Mar 18, 11:59 AM
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    Thank you for reading and responding to my post.
    Whilst writing this thread I was on hold to speak to someone at DWP about the case. After being told 'we are extremely busy, someone will take your call shortly' for 50 minutes I finally got to speak to an advisor who was stuttering and stumbling around with her words looking for excuses. She disappeared twice to seek advice elsewhere then came back and said that she would send an ESA3 form and that would allow my husbands contributions to continue to be paid. I don't think she expected me to challenge this but I latched onto the word contributions and asked if he would still get paid his benefit to which she replied 'no'! I told her that we would not be completing that form as we feel we have been failed by DWP who haven't provided a date for a health assessment. She then said she would have to pass the case to the department who deals with it as she is in a call centre and as the department closes in 20 minutes its highly unlikely someone will be there to take my call so they will ring me back tomorrow!! One excuse after another. My husband is very mild mannered and accepts whatever he is told but I won't I'm afraid I'm a bit of a dog with a bone and won't give up until I am satisfied with the outcome. I have asked to be called back in the morning so that I have all afternoon to hang on the phone and start the whole argument again!!
    Originally posted by aussiesbird

    All very reasonable, in my opinion.

    We can argue about whether the government should employ more people in the DWP to man the phone lines but that really is a government issue not a DWP issue. The DWP already employ around 40 - 50,000 staff and they way the government are looking at the problem of staff shortages is that more and more people are being moved onto UC. UC allows theoretically for more claimants to manage their claims themselves and so requires less phone calls to DWP. So although the government knows there are staff shortages they are reluctant to do anything about it because the government is trying to save money and they think they have enough staff at the moment to cope with the future UC workload so they don't want to hire people now to have to then make them redundant later.

    Now to the information provided. It is a complicated role to be able to answer every question conceivable about ESA, and not everyone can be experienced. Your ESA C is coming to an end and she rightly suggested an ESA3 as the primary solution. If you are not entitled to ESA IR it is because the government believes that you -by default- have enough money to live on. Someone else in your husband's shoes who has not earned enough as your husband has for conts, would be left with no money at all -because they have enough to live on from other sources- Your husband is therefore getting more than other people would get, albeit he is waiting for it to be confirmed that he will continue to get it.

    Now to your problem and your circumstances.
    You will have read my reply above to the OP, there is a lot of useful info there that applies to your husband.

    What I would like to know from you is....
    He is in the WRAG,.... how long was his WRAG placement for?
    3 months, 6 months, 9 months, 1 year, 2 years, 3 years?
    Did his placement run out and the DWP started the reassessment process themselves? or did you ask to be reassessed for SG?

    If the former...it was a normal DWP re-assessment schedule, then the DWP are doing everything correctly - until you tell them he has worsened and want SG they won't know that.
    If the latter... It was you who requested re-assessment for SG...
    • Did you send in medical evidence with your request or just a letter (see my previous post why I am asking this).
    • When did you request it?
    • Did you get sent an ESA50?
    • Did you return it?
    • Have you phoned Medical Services 0800 2888777 to ask:
    * What date did my ESA referral begin?
    * What date did you receive the ESA50?
    * What date did you receive the ESA113? (doctors report)
    * Has a decision been made on whether a face to face WCA will be required? & When was that decision made?
    * If the decision for a face to face has already been made and it was made more than 3 months ago.... I would like to speak to a manger (at medical services) you ask that manager the decision was made more than 3 months ago how much longer is this going to take? If you don't like the answer say "I wish to make a formal complaint."

    Let me know the answers...by the way I believe that phone line is open today on Saturdays...so call them now.
    ***BUT PLEASE TAKE NOTE of what I said in the reply to the OP above In the red bit in my post #25 , There are 3 possible outcomes of a WCA.
    What date did your husband start his ESA from?...What date is the payments running out? (this relevant because your hisband's claim may be different to the OP's claim, so a different outcome is possible.


    From what you have said so far and what I have gleaned from your posts... you are contacting DWP (wasting your time) when you should be contacting Medical Services.

    EDIT to add;
    In this thread you said this
    Sorry I didn't explain this correctly.
    He is currently in the 'work related' ESA group and to get into the 'support' group needs a health assessment, which he is still awaiting.
    When the 365 days are up what can we do as without that income from ESA we are going to be short on paying bills etc.
    We have sent an email to our MP but haven't had a reply only an acknowledgement of receipt.
    We are starting to panic a bit now.
    Sorry for my confusion in explaining originally.
    Originally posted by aussiesbird
    In your other thread you said it was a new claim a year ago and he is yet to be assessed. Both these statements cannot be true.

    I wrote this reply based on what you wrote in this thread.

    If he has been waiting nearly a year without assessment then I still suggest you are barking up the wrong tree, you need to do the bit in red above.
    Last edited by epitome; 10-03-2018 at 1:18 PM.
    • Alice Holt
    • By Alice Holt 10th Mar 18, 2:31 PM
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    Bit of info here:
    https://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/forum?view=topic&catid=10&id=113959

    Even if your ESA payments stop before an assessment has been completed, you will still be entitled to NI credits and the actual ESA claim remains extant.

    When you are assessed and if found to be entitled to the either the support or work-related group, the additional amount (to the assessment phase ESA) will be backdated to the 13th week of claim.

    If you are placed in the SG (or at a later assessment) payment resumes - even if it has stopped in the interim.

    But, per my earlier post it is worth pushing the DWP not to stop payments, and providing them with any medical evidence you have to had which might suggest your husband could be placed in the SG.
    https://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/employment-and-support-allowance/esa-glossary/1353-support-group-descriptors
    http://www.cpag.org.uk/content/making-exception
    • susieb
    • By susieb 11th Mar 18, 10:35 PM
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    Sorry to butt in, but have a similar situation. I have just claimed conts based esa, i understand if I am put in support group it continues, but if work group, it stops after 52 weeks, but after 12 weeks I could claim again depending on conts made.
    I was self employed until 2014 (no eligible NI) when I was then employed full time from sept 2014, until going part time feb 2016 due to ill health then was sacked due to this until july 2016. claimed esa for three weeks, then carers allowance from august 2016 until a few weeks ago.
    Now claiming esa as too ill to care for anyone else now.

    So based on this, if i get put in work group rather than support, does my NI allow me to claim again after a 12 week gap?

    Not eligible for income based benefits.
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    • Danday
    • By Danday 13th Mar 18, 12:32 AM
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    As Tellit has said this was only in relation to people who were on IB and were migrated to ESA Conts only. The law required the DWP to assess them for Income Related but the DWP did not do this.

    As to your own circumstances, Dan, the law allows you to backdate a claim for ESA Income Related to a date of a supersession that occurred within your ESA Conts claim.

    A supersession would be for example when the DWP did your medical and decided to fail you or to put you in the WRAG or SG.

    So tell me....
    Are you still on ESA?
    Did you make a claim for ESA or did you get moved from IB?
    When did your ESA claim start?
    Did you only claim ESA Conts?
    When it started what rate were you on?
    What date did your rate change? To what rate/group?


    Currently the DWP are only allowing backdating to a date of a supersession back to October 2014 and no further, due to another law that restricts them from going back further.


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    Originally posted by epitome
    All of this was before October 2014 so it seems not to be applicable anyhow But thanks for the info.
    • epitome
    • By epitome 13th Mar 18, 8:40 AM
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    Sorry to butt in, but have a similar situation. I have just claimed conts based esa, i understand if I am put in support group it continues, but if work group, it stops after 52 weeks, but after 12 weeks I could claim again depending on conts made.
    Originally posted by susieb
    You don't need to claim again, just ask (after a 12 week gap) that your tax years are considered again to include the next tax year that was not used when your claim was made.

    I was self employed until 2014 (no eligible NI) when I was then employed full time from sept 2014, until going part time feb 2016 due to ill health then was sacked due to this until july 2016. claimed esa for three weeks, then carers allowance from august 2016 until a few weeks ago.
    Now claiming esa as too ill to care for anyone else now.
    What you are saying is you
    * claimed ESA for 3 weeks in 2016 then closed the claim.
    * claimed CA from Aug 2016 until now when you closed CA.
    * have made a new claim to ESA as CA is closed.

    Have you had an ESA decision, are you going to be paid ESA Conts now?
    Did you claim ESA before closing CA or at least did you claim ESA from the day after CA closed i.e. CA closed 5th March>>> ESA from 6th March?

    This ESA C, that you have just claimed, will use tax years 15/16 & 16/17

    *Note I did say to the OP "if you have worked full time for many years and claimed ESA immediately after stopping work" Thenthe OP will be able to do this. But you have been self employed, and only worked part time up to July 2016. You might qualify for ESA now, but when you renew tax years you would be using 16/17 and 17/18.... and you may not have earned enough in 16/17.

    However, you have just finished Carers Allowance in tax year 17/18. This means when you renew your tax years on ESA as long as you satisfy SCC for 16/17 and 17/18, but you fail FCC for both of those....you can ask DWP to relax FCC to use any tax year in your whole working life. If you get paid ESA C now and you have had no gaps in your benefits since August 2016, Then you should be able to qualify again for another year after the 12 week gap in 2019.

    Had you continued CA into April 2018 it would then also have been also "CA in Tax year 18/19".... You could have done this again for a 3rd year of ESA in 2020, but as things stand you won't be able to.



    So based on this, if i get put in work group rather than support, does my NI allow me to claim again after a 12 week gap?
    It depends on you qualifying for SCC Second contributory condition in 2019 on tax years 16/17 and 17/18.
    Last edited by epitome; 13-03-2018 at 8:45 AM.
    • susieb
    • By susieb 13th Mar 18, 7:31 PM
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    You don't need to claim again, just ask (after a 12 week gap) that your tax years are considered again to include the next tax year that was not used when your claim was made.


    What you are saying is you
    * claimed ESA for 3 weeks in 2016 then closed the claim.
    * claimed CA from Aug 2016 until now when you closed CA.
    * have made a new claim to ESA as CA is closed.

    Have you had an ESA decision, are you going to be paid ESA Conts now?
    Yes Thats correct, just assessment rate as medical is months off i assume, hence I dont even know if i will be awarded wg or sg, these questions could be totally irrelevent,
    if found fit for work or sg

    Did you claim ESA before closing CA or at least did you claim ESA from the day after CA closed i.e. CA closed 5th March>>> ESA from 6th March?
    Yes claimed the day after CA ended 26th feb ESA started 27 Feb

    This ESA C, that you have just claimed, will use tax years 15/16 & 16/17

    *Note I did say to the OP "if you have worked full time for many years and claimed ESA immediately after stopping work" Thenthe OP will be able to do this. But you have been self employed, and only worked part time up to July 2016. You might qualify for ESA now, but when you renew tax years you would be using 16/17 and 17/18.... and you may not have earned enough in 16/17.
    I worked for 20 years before self employment fom 2010 to 2014but that doesnt count does it? for 16/17 my NI record shows paid employment £8, NI credits 70 weeks? no idea how its 70 weeks in one year tho. NI record show no gaps. But yes tax year 16/17 was very little earnings as only worked 8 weeks an had similar time on ssp, then just three weeks of esa before then claiming CA for remainder of year.

    However, you have just finished Carers Allowance in tax year 17/18. This means when you renew your tax years on ESA as long as you satisfy SCC for 16/17 and 17/18, but you fail FCC for both of those....you can ask DWP to relax FCC to use any tax year in your whole working life. If you get paid ESA C now and you have had no gaps in your benefits since August 2016, Then you should be able to qualify again for another year after the 12 week gap in 2019.

    Had you continued CA into April 2018 it would then also have been also "CA in Tax year 18/19".... You could have done this again for a 3rd year of ESA in 2020, but as things stand you won't be able to.

    yes i can see now that ending CA before apr might not have been the best decsion, but i became to ill to care so it was the truthful decision, editted also it seems that if id waited i might not have been entitled at all to esa due to 16/17 earnings


    It depends on you qualifying for SCC Second contributory condition in 2019 on tax years 16/17 and 17/18.
    Originally posted by epitome
    Thankyou very much for your help. So its 16/17 that will cause me the issue, due to lack of earnings, even tho I got CA for 7 months, I assume that in itself isnt enough
    I really appreciate your advice


    My mind is a bit fried, but I'm assuming 16/17 must be ok for scc as Im getting esac now. So could ask for fcc to use a pre 2010 year? Also Im not sure I totally understand this, but say for instance I claimed CA in the 12 week gap (if its still available to me then) then id have claimed ca in 18/19/and 19/20 so could get a third year, technically?
    Last edited by susieb; 13-03-2018 at 8:07 PM. Reason: thought of something else
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    • epitome
    • By epitome 13th Mar 18, 11:03 PM
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    My mind is a bit fried, but I'm assuming 16/17 must be ok for scc as Im getting esac now.
    Originally posted by susieb
    Yes, if you are being paid ESA C now, then 16/17 is definitely ok for SCC, and since your benefits have no gaps from April '17 to April '18 then 17/18 will also be ok for SCC.


    So could ask for FCC to use a pre 2010 year?
    Exactly right.

    Also I'm not sure I totally understand this, but say for instance I claimed CA in the 12 week gap (if its still available to me then) then id have claimed ca in 18/19/and 19/20 so could get a third year, technically?
    Your 12 week gap will be 27/02/2019 - 21/05/2019. So yes, if you claimed CA in that period it crosses both tax years 18/19 & 19/20. You could then use this CA award to qualify for ESA Conts for a further 12 months beginning in 2020 and 2021 (with each one using a different pre-2010 tax year)

    27/02/18 - 26/02/19 ESA Conts paid on your current award. Uses 15/16 & 16/17
    27/02/2019 - 21/05/2019 - Gap

    22/05/2019 - 21/05/2020 - ESA Conts Uses 16/17 & 17/18
    (SCC will be ok for both, FCC will be relaxed using the CA you just claimed in 17/18)
    22/05/2020-13/08/2020 - gap

    14/08/2020-13/08/2021 ESA Conts Uses 17/18 & 18/19
    (SCC will be ok for both, FCC relaxed only if you claim CA at any time in 18/19)
    14/08/2021-05/11/2021 - gap

    06/11/2021-05/11/2021 ESA Conts Uses 18/19 & 19/20
    (SCC will be ok for both, FCC relaxed only if you have claimed CA at anytime in 19/20.)

    and so on.....
    • epitome
    • By epitome 13th Mar 18, 11:21 PM
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    editted also it seems that if id waited I might not have been entitled at all to esa due to 16/17 earnings
    Originally posted by susieb
    No, not correct. An ESA(C) claim made to start at any time in 2018 will still use the tax years 15/16 & 16/17.

    So if you had waited till April/after April you would still have passed FCC and SCC because you have passed (qualified) them now.

    but say for instance I claimed CA in the 12 week gap
    You can claim CA whilst you are being paid ESA(C)....no need to wait for the gap. Which is why I asked earlier if you had claimed ESA whilst you were still on CA or did you close one and start the other.

    The thing about claiming CA and ESA(C) at the same time is that they cancel each other out, so you either get
    £0.00 CA and £73.10 ESA(C)
    or
    £62.70 CA and £10.40 ESA(C)

    either way both claims are live and valid and the CA can be used to relax a future FCC even if it did not pay anything....it's called an "underlying entitlement to CA".

    If you claim CA in the first ESA gap it does cross the tax year boundary and it will pay you for that period while ESA(C) is not paying you, so yeah, a win, win scenario.
    • susieb
    • By susieb 14th Mar 18, 8:26 AM
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    Thankyou so much epitome. I'd have never known this if it wasn't for your post earlier.
    Very helpful and explained well. Thankyou.
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    • epitome
    • By epitome 14th Mar 18, 10:07 AM
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    Important to note...The above assumes continuous entitlement to NI credits. SCC requires full 50 credits NI credits per tax year.

    In the ESA gap the ESA stays open and continues to credit NI credits. But if ESA is ever closed. The NI credits will stop from the close date...sometimes ESA is closed retrospectively by quite a few weeks 2 - 6 weeks. This can then cause you problems to keep your NI credits continuous. Different ways this can be done...or attempted

    You could claim CA continuously as an underlying entitlement CA would credit NI so you would have no gaps in NI credits.

    You could try to back date a CA claim when you find out ESA has been closed retrospectively. I don't know the rules on backdating CA. But CA only starts on a Monday, so you may have to back date to the Monday before ESA closed.

    You could try claiming ESA again backdated to the date they closed it from... This would require a new or worsened condition.

    You could try to get your ESA reopened, depending why it was closed ...

    You could try claiming JSA Conts / JSA Conts New Style backdated to the date ESA closed...to do this you should claim JSA immediately you find out that ESA has been closed, becuase AFAIK there is DWP guidance that says in these circumstances a JSA claim can be backdated in the event of a retrospective decision from ESA as long as JSA is claimed quickly.
    • susieb
    • By susieb 14th Mar 18, 10:15 AM
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    Thanks.
    Would claiming carer credits, eg the 20 hour requirement rather than 35 hours which i just cant do, protect NI? and count towards state pension? I am four years short of full state pension
    Last edited by susieb; 14-03-2018 at 10:25 AM.
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    • epitome
    • By epitome 14th Mar 18, 8:59 PM
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    I didn't know you could claim CA on 20 hours. AFAIK it has to be 35 hours.
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    • By WillowCat 14th Mar 18, 11:43 PM
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    I didn't know you could claim CA on 20 hours. AFAIK it has to be 35 hours.
    Originally posted by epitome
    It's not carers allowance, it's carers credit. Not money, but your class 3 national insurance is credited.

    https://www.gov.uk/carers-credit
    • epitome
    • By epitome 15th Mar 18, 8:45 AM
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    It's not carers allowance, it's carers credit. Not money, but your class 3 national insurance is credited.

    https://www.gov.uk/carers-credit
    Originally posted by WillowCat
    In which case I would suspect it would be sufficient to satisfy SCC but would not be enough to have the FCC relaxed.

    I will try to confirm
    • susieb
    • By susieb 19th Mar 18, 8:53 AM
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    Yes I assume it needs to be class 3. I'll have to see how it goes as certainly cant care 35 hours a week, fingers crossed I am put in support group which would be the correct outcome for me, but I know incredibly hard to get
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  • Nearly at the Cheshire Show. Doing an @itvMLshow there today and tomorrow. Do say hi if you're there or ask a question.

  • Good morning. I'm on the train to go to the Cheshire Show today to film for an @itvmlshow Roadshow. Looking forwa? https://t.co/T0uKOKyj4I

  • Early days, but so far a huge majority - 19 in 20 people - support legalising cannabis for medical use. Whereas t? https://t.co/a3gJipQITc

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