ESA and pensions

I took my two pensions early on health grounds a couple of years ago, at that time I was still on IB and the threshold for declaring pensions was £85 a week, no problem as mine only total £50 a week.

I was led to believe this situation prevailed when the transition to ESA occurred, but it seems I was incorrect and I have now had my ESA cut by £40 and been ordered to repay £2500 at the rate of £40 a month. Oh, and they have fined me £50 into the bargain.

So I find myself £200+ per month worse off at the drop of a hat. As I am having to repay £200 a month to cover gambling debts incurred due to Mirapexin issues I am in a bit of a pickle financially speaking.

I feel annoyed as it seems I have had my pensions that I worked hard for "stolen" and I may as well not have had them in the first place...

Any advice, gentle readers?

I believe You should take advice form the benefits advisory people or citizens Advice.

They may be able to assist you

Hi 12xu22

Sorry to hear about your situation.

We have a specialist employment and benefits advisor who works on our free confidential helpline. So if you need further advice please don't hesitate to give us a call on 0808 800 0303.

Best wishes