ESA (income related) VS pension credit... pros & cons?

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Good day... I have been claiming income-related ESA for a while due to a long term disability. Jobcentreplus has just contacted me to ask if I want to switch to pension credit in November. I gather PC pays more than ESA, but are there any advantages to opting to staying on ESA? I thought I'd ask, rather than jumping to any assumptions. Many thanks for any advice.

JD

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    I don't know about the Income Based ESA, but would assume that they would pay the same.

    I claimed Contribution Based ESA right up until my 65th birthday in 2013 along side a top up of Pension Credit. I could also have just claimed Pension Credit, but in doing so I felt that whilst still of working age (up to 65) I should continue with a working age benefit claim (ESA) Some would jump at the chance to avoid the ESA assessments and re-assessments and just claim Pension Credit but I felt that it was playing the system.

    I could have claimed both Contribution and Income Based ESA as a top up as when I looked at the figures both paid out the same - (Pension Credit v ESA Contribution + Income Based)

     

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    Hello Jim,

    I'm sorry I've no idea, but I'm sure some of the lovely people on this site will be able to help.   

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    Hi Jim

    Pension Credit gives you a guaranteed income of £155.60pw. Therefore if your IR ESA is less than this amount you would be better off claiming PC.

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      Hi Anthony,

      Thanks. That was my initial assumption. I just wondered if there were any hidden caveats or not-so-obvious drawbacks of ceasing ESA and switching to PCs.

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      if you need my opinion Jim Antony is spot on. income related esa is £102 a week. PC is £150. no brainier. I know because I was on esa. mums on PC. I joke with her saying I can't wait get her age.

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      Okay - thank you! I have gone ahead and initiated my claim for PC. My ESA was about £125 pw and I gather my PC will be £155. So on the face of it, it looks like a no-brainer, as you said. Apart from the much-neede extra support, the main attraction for me will be no more occasional reassessment for work-capability. Just this alone will improve my peace of mind by at least 100%!

      Cheers,

      JD

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      Jim not as far as I'm aware it's simply income support for the over 60's which happens to guarantee a better income

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      like you say Jim peace of mind counts for a lot. as I say used be on esa but took me off it when discovered my £ 5 million in Caymans. ho hum. can't think why it upset them.

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