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    • Alicenoot
    • By Alicenoot 13th Apr 18, 12:54 PM
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    Low ESA amount
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    • 13th Apr 18, 12:54 PM
    Low ESA amount 13th Apr 18 at 12:54 PM
    Hey guys, my partner has been jumping through hoops applying for ESA for a month or so, and weíve been running up debt from family just to pay bills ( Iím unemployed, we have no income)

    We got a letter through today saying heíll only be getting £25 a week??? this honestly canít be right, right? I feel like they think we have other income, it really isnít feasible to live on £100 a month when that wouldnít even cover our electricity bill!! Does anyone have any advice on what to do or who to contact, Iím kinda freaking out over this
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    • Alice Holt
    • By Alice Holt 13th Apr 18, 1:04 PM
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    • 13th Apr 18, 1:04 PM
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    • 13th Apr 18, 1:04 PM
    Does the letter give an explanation or detail the make up of the £25?
    Is he claiming income based or contribution based ESA?
    Are you claiming JSA?
    Is your partner under 25?

    What health conditions does he have - is a PIP claim a possibility?
    https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/sick-or-disabled-people-and-carers/pip/before-claiming/check-you-are-eligible/

    Are you claiming HB and Council Tax reduction?

    ESA contact line is 0800 169 0310 - ring them and tell us what they say.

    Couple rate of ESA is £114.85 pw (over 25)
    Last edited by Alice Holt; 13-04-2018 at 1:08 PM.
    • pmlindyloo
    • By pmlindyloo 13th Apr 18, 1:06 PM
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    • 13th Apr 18, 1:06 PM
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    • 13th Apr 18, 1:06 PM
    Please write and tell us exactly what the letter says and any calculations they have made.

    It could be that this is part payment as he received some other income after he applied (SSP/wages?) and he will start getting more money from a certain date.

    Have you been added onto his claim? i.e are you living together?
    • Alicenoot
    • By Alicenoot 13th Apr 18, 1:15 PM
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    • 13th Apr 18, 1:15 PM
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    • 13th Apr 18, 1:15 PM
    There!!!8217;s a sheet attached that says:

    Living expenses for you and your partner £114.85

    Other income for your household. £89.35

    I don!!!8217;t know where they got the £89.35 from? I!!!8217;m not claiming any benefits, this would be our only income.

    I am on his claim. He claimed SSP briefly before leaving work, but that was in January. I!!!8217;ll give them a call and see what they say
    • pmlindyloo
    • By pmlindyloo 13th Apr 18, 1:23 PM
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    • 13th Apr 18, 1:23 PM
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    • 13th Apr 18, 1:23 PM
    There!!!8217;s a sheet attached that says:

    Living expenses for you and your partner £114.85

    Other income for your household. £89.35

    I don!!!8217;t know where they got the £89.35 from? I!!!8217;m not claiming any benefits, this would be our only income.

    I am on his claim. He claimed SSP briefly before leaving work, but that was in January. I!!!8217;ll give them a call and see what they say
    Originally posted by Alicenoot
    The £89.35 is the amount of SSP so it seems that they think he is still receiving SSP.

    Are you sure that he isn't? Has he actually left his job?
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