I used to be on ESA and it has been taken from me because I have savings over a certain amount.

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Also the government are taking away some of my savings which I can't do anything about. I haven't had any help to find work so I can't make progress and I'm still in mental health supported housing which is in a rough area with a faulty building. I saved up a fair amount of money in hope of a small house and a part time job to go with my savings as I am in my forties and I think it's ridiculous the way I've been treated by the government.

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    Hi,

    Unfortunately when you claim a means tested benefit like ESA, housing benefit and council tax reduction any savings over £6,000 will affect your benefits £1 for every £250 over this amount. For saving of £16,000 and over then you won't be entitled to any means tested benefits at all. It's the rules i'm afraid and there's nothing we can do about this.

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      Hi Denise I thought that if your claim for Esa and its contribution paid any savings you have will not effect your benefits am I right?
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      Hi,

      Contributions based isn't affected by any savings/capital. Being in the support group doesn't mean a person is claiming Contributions based. They can be claiming Income Related, Contributions based or Contributions based with an Income Related top up. If a person isn't sure which one they're claiming then they should either check a recent award letter and if they're still unsure then ring ESA and ask. If person is living with a partner that works then they are definitely claiming Contributions based.

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      Hi Denise that you for the clarification i still haven't had a decision after my assessment but as soon as I do I will let you know on my feed

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