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I have read a number of posts on this site about benefits and OCD. They were enlightening so I wonder if anybody could guide me with my current predicament. I have just received a 46 page form to complete about my claim for ESA from 2014 to 2017. They want information about that period.  But they have that information. I think that I should take advice. But the welfare organisation has closed down because of funding cuts. Could anybody point to an organisation to advise me or knows about ESA?

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Thanks. I will look into this. But because I had support from a welfare organisation when making the claim. And in 2016, when I was accused by DWP of not revealing information. They acted as an intermediary as I had a photocopy to prove that I had revealed the information as well as a copy of reply from the Department that I had done so. The welfare organisation would or should have a file on this together with details of logged telephone calls

My dealings with government organisations, solicitors, insurance companies, health authorities and banks have in part made me into a hoarder. Keeping piles of paperwork. The days have gone when organisations kept efficient filing system. My GP recommends that I keep records of clinical tests so that I can retrieve them! In the past I have had to show my copies of test results to consultants.

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Hi, I got that letter too, it’s because the DWP made a mistake by putting people into contributions based ESA instead of income related, they’re sending letters out to those who may be affected, they owe those people money, u will not lose ur current money, they’re checking to see wether they owe u a back payment, the back pay is quite substantial in some cases so get that form filled in and send it off. Don’t worry about it.xx

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Thanks for that Wonderer. Your reply is exactly the sort that I hoped for. I was worrying because of my experience in 2016 when I was accused of falsehood. 

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1 hour ago, Angst said:

Thanks for that Wonderer. Your reply is exactly the sort that I hoped for. I was worrying because of my experience in 2016 when I was accused of falsehood. 

Angst a few years ago I had my ESA taken off me after a reassessment and I appelaed it and won, it was so upsetting at the time so I too panic a little when it’s time to reassess, when I received that letter recently I instantly panicked but rang up and had the conversation with someone from the ESA who reassured me on this one! Apparently it’s been on the news and everything but I hadn’t seen it lol x

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I took my eye off developments in ESA. I see that there are now three types of ESA - universal credit, contribution based and income based and these together with the support category and the work related category make six boxes with different rules pertaining to each. I think this strengthens the need for guidance for all the parties involved!

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21 hours ago, Angst said:

I took my eye off developments in ESA. I see that there are now three types of ESA - universal credit, contribution based and income based and these together with the support category and the work related category make six boxes with different rules pertaining to each. I think this strengthens the need for guidance for all the parties involved!

Yes it’s all getting a bit confusing! Weirdly they rang me yesterday, I sent my form back 5wks agi, they’re currently working on it and he just wanted to confirm a few details, said he’s gunna try and have it sorted for me before Christmas as he thinks I may have been entitled to some premiums I never got! It would be so nice to get something so I could clear off a couple of debts and put some money away for my kids! Here’s hoping! Good luck with yours xx

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Hi Angst,

I have found the website 'benefitsandwork.co.uk' very helpful for this. The forum on that site is run by lawyers who are knowledgeable about all aspects of disability benefit claims.

 

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Yes I know that site. I looked at it yesterday but they do not provide individual advice though the forums but could be very helpful especially if they are run by lawyers. I am one of the few remaining people on DLA and I expected that the letter which I received on Thursday to be about the transfer to PIP.

Even though my age now is too high to claim PIP. I as a transferee can still claim. The benefit for older persons does not include a mobility element. We are expected to stay at home.

I am no longer on ESA because recently I reached the state retirement age. But problems relate now to pension income. The amount which I am supposed to receive is different according to the Inland Revenue and DWP. The latter citing a lower amount than the latter. I wanted to calculate myself my entitlement. I was told that if I needed to refer to over 30 years wage/salary slips because for most of my period in work I was ‘contracted out’ (paid lower national insurance contribution because of an occupational pension). Even as a hoarder of paperwork I am unable to do this.

My advice to all is to keep all financial and legal paperwork for ever!

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