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TOPIC: ESA Backpay

ESA Backpay 1 month 1 week ago #227599

I have now received all backpay from migrating from Incapacity Benefit Contribution based to ESA Income Related. I was informed on the telephone that I would also receive backpay for my deceased husband who passed away in February 2015. We were both receiving our benefit separately not as a couple and his backpay would be separate to mine. I now found they have paid me as a couple, I wondered if anybody knew if this was right? Surely if we were claiming benefit as 2 separate people we would be paid backpay as separate people, they did admit they made a mistake not paying us way back when, as a couple but I feel they are just trying to save money that was originally owed to us. Your thoughts would be appreciated.

ESA Backpay 1 month 1 week ago #227613


The back pay is in regard to Income Related ESA that you were entitled to but were not paid. ESA(IR) is always paid as a couple when the claimant has a partner and only one person in the couple can receive the ESA(IR).

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