I guess really I should have questioned this when I first noticed it, but wanted to ask other members if they are in exactly same position as me if they are in this combination of ESA please, right that's the waffle here's the question lol.
Prior to ESA I was on Long Term Incapacity Benefit, which was a higher rate than the amount payable for ESA Support Group Contribution Based. I was told that when ESA had its annual increase in April each year, my benefit would not increase until the levels overtook my Incapacity payment was, it currently still isn't above that level.
My query is, as a single woman, without savings, living in a private rented flat on housing & council tax benefit, is this the reason I am in the Contribution rather than the Income based group? I have been in this group 2 years in March & can't find any information on benefit GOV. Org etc web sites that make sense of why I am in this group. I did contact DWP before & someone was supposed to be getting back to me, but I then had to have an emergency operation & life been taken up with trying to recover after this.
As Income Based ESA SUPPORT bring benefits of free prescriptions etc, full housing benefit & others I cannot think of after 4th night without sleep, there are obviously benefits to being in income based group which I would have thought I should be. The only reason I can think of why I am in contribution based is the higher incapacity payments prior to switch over.
Is anyone one in the same situation as me with either same or different group choice. I should add I had to give up full time work in 1993 & my attempt at doing my job part time ended in 1994 & I haven't worked at all since then.
Hopefully someone can help me in my query
Thanks got reading my long convoluted message lol Karen