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Does ESA back date your money from when you started the claim?

Hi I was wondering if anyone could help me. I wanted to know if ESA back date your money from when you started the claim if you win the claim.

Thank you in advance

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The easy answer is, it depends

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On what??

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Whether you're being migrated from another benefit or whether you are a new claimant. Migrating from another benefit you get your old benefit until they assess you for ESA but i dont think you get assessment rate just ESA after assessment or stopping money.

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In my experience, yes they do.

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I've heard so many different stories. Someone said they only back date it from your medical. Someone else said 13weeka after you first put a claim in x

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Not sure try this website

gov.uk/employment-support-a...

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I can see that you have been given an answer to your question, so I will just wish you all the best of luck with your ESA claim.

All my hopes and dreams for you

Ken

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there is a seven day waiting period if you have been working,not if you have been tranferred from another benefit

then you are on assement rate untill assessed, which used to be 13 weeks but due to back logs is taking anything up to a year

If you are not assessed on time, any premium added to the assessment rate is backdated to week 13

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If it is a new claim then they would back date any payments from the date they received your paperwork. If it is taking ages say more than 2 months I would advise that you contact then and keep a record of when you sent the claim in also the dates you had to contact them to escalate the decision if any.

Case in point I sent a huge wad of medical reports from consultants once by recorded and twice they told me that they had not received them. I ended up asking the job centre to fax them for me and I had a reply in 2 weeks.

Always keep a record of anything you send or any conversations you have with the buggers..good luck

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So it can be back dated from the day I put a claim In? Someone told me it's only after the medical assessment. I just fort as I haven't been receiving the right amount of ESA surly I should be entitled to it back. Also when you mean proof do you mean medical certificates thank you for your help x

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Thank you huni for replying to my post and for the info x

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think its 3 months for esa.thats what happened to me.

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Yes they will back date your money to the 14th week after your claim,

i had my money very quickly it was in my account within 7 days

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Can I ask then. I was new Esa claim back in April 2016. Was on the contributions too which lasted for 52 weeks. On basic money of 73.60 per week. Thru no fault of mine the medical assessment didn't take place until May 26, 2017 when I was found fit for work I therefore did the mandatory reconsideration process and have won and gone into the support group however now they are saying I am only entitled to the support group amount of money the £36.55 from June 16th 2017 when original decision made.

I was under the impression and from everything I have read that once you get into the support group that the support group element of 36.55 would be backdated to the 14th week of your original claim which in my case is a good 38 weeks plus which adds up to over £1000 which is money I desperately need

I spoke to ESA benefits today and the lady just said we can only go by what is on your decision letter which is your ESA will continue from 16 of June 2017.

Can anyone clarify this or where I can go to get the relevant information as I want to fight to get this backpay money that I think I'm due

A bit of history I have also had to fight numerous times with the ESA over the last 15 months for payments stop by mistake paperwork lost even my mandatory reconsideration was received by them and lost it so consequently the decision was made another month later various things in the communications been really bad and contradictory advice and information given to so I am wondering whether I am actually due to this money. Any help appreciated.

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