I’ve just received a very worrying phone call from the DWP, which informed me that my ESA (which is contribution based) is going to stop in April as I will have received it for a year. I was vaguely aware of these new rules but I hadn’t read into them much as I didn’t want to worry unnecessarily before I had to.
The woman told me I wouldn’t be able to claim income-related benefit as my husband works, and my only other options would be to claim tax credits or sign on at the job centre! Can this be right? I am staggered that I am going to be cut off like this, when I am virtually housebound and totally unable to work. I was put in the WRAG group (wrongly I believe, but I was too tired after a pension appeal to fight it) - is this why my money is stopping? Would I continue to receive the equivalent of incapacity benefit if I was put in the support group instead?
Sorry for my ignorance, I know I should have been more aware of this, but I avoid reading about stuff that stresses me out and was hoping this would go away!