i only found out this week about esa for my son

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my son hasĀ  autistic disorder , and I only found out yesterday about esa for him how long does it take to be processed

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    Hi,

    This would depend whether or not he claims DLA/PIP, does he attend college? Do you claim Child benefit and child tax credits for him?

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      Is he under the age of 20 if so do you claim child benefit and child tax credits for him?

      Sorry but i can't help you unless i have all the info. If you claim child benefit and child tax credits for him then if he claims ESA your benefits for him will stop this is because you can't claim those benefits if he claims ESA in his own right. If you don't claim benefits for him then he'll be able to claim ESA in his own right.

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      Ok thank you. Then yes he can claim ESA. However if he currently has a student loan then this will count as Income and be taken off his ESA Income Related award. If he does have a student loan then i'd advice speaking to the college he attends for further advice because like i said it will reduce the ESA amount because the loan is counted as Income. In some cases it reduces the ESA to zero.

      As he currently claims DLA and not PIP he'll soon be invited to apply for PIP along with everyone else. This can be anytime from now until next September i believe.

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