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    • Incywincy21
    • By Incywincy21 16th May 18, 1:24 AM
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    Complex situation has arisen mid-DRO
    • #1
    • 16th May 18, 1:24 AM
    Complex situation has arisen mid-DRO 16th May 18 at 1:24 AM
    So I was at the CAB for a different query when they did a benefit check. After going back with all my paperwork, they informed me I should ring up ESA as I should have been getting SDP but never have. I had been sent the form which I received/filled-in/returned (always keep proof of paperwork with details of what is what) but I never heard back so presumed was not entitled. Turns out I should be entitled and always have been...

    Rung ESA today they went through a set of questions and told me they have sent it for processing and should be with me in 5 working days.

    However, having now looked up how much SDP is, i'm now concerned that if there is a backpayment, I will have my DRO revoked
    The CAB were told I was in a DRO and did not mention that this would affect me at all.

    My intermediary (NDL) adjusted my budget when he submitted it as I was in the negative and he said it's not likely to be accepted if you're still in a negative budget... so if I get the SDP, even though I won't physically meet the 'over 50 surplus per month', on paper, due to them shuffling my budget in the first place, I will. How would this work
    (Obviously this would only matter if the DRO wasn't revoked in the first place due to back payment).

    It feels so deflating - knowing I only had until September and what a weight it has been off my mind... and now all those worries and anxieties are right back again...

    Any advice at all would be appreciated.

    SPC no. 462 TOTAL 48.11
    SPC11 No.462 Target: 250
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  • National Debtline
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    • 16th May 18, 2:20 PM
    • #2
    • 16th May 18, 2:20 PM
    Hi there

    There are two issues to consider here, the possible backdated lump sum of benefit you will received, and the increase in your ongoing income.

    If the lump sum is less than 1000 there should be no issues. If it is over 1000 then the Insolvency Service have an element of discretion over whether the DRO should be revoked and will take into account any mitigating circumstances. For much larger lump sums (around 2000 or more) it is more likely the DRO will be revoked.

    In terms of the increase in your ongoing income, you will be required to complete a new budget sheet. Bear in mind that if you had to reduce your outgoings previously due to being on a very low income you may find that these now increase, and overall you still have less than 50 per month spare money. In that situation you should still qualify for the DRO.

    I'd advise getting back in touch with your intermediary as well to discuss the situation. I hope it all goes well.

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