Income support or ESA

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Dear all, could you kindly inform which benefit would be better off in all terms from ESA WRAG or income support for my wife. I am on PIP for ongoing period. I am also on esa wrag but wife is asking that if she apply for income support as a carer then it would be good in any sense or not.

My esa will be reviewed in December 2017. Or I should try to get into support group.

I spoke to income support helpline and the adviser told I should close my esa claim and it would be easy but my question is if income support is not awarded how can I go back on esa wrag with same money under 12 weeks linking rule. How many times a year we can link esa claims?

Any advise really appreciated.

Much thanks

Mr I singh

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    The only reason Income Support would not be awarded is if your wife works, which would mean your household income would be too high to claim an Income Related benefit. Is your wife on your claim for ESA? If she doesn't work then you should be claiming ESA as a couple. If you want to know which you'd be better off on then you're better off either doing an online benefit check or ringing your local CAB office where they can do a benefit check for you. Sorry i can't be of anymore help.

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      Hi denise i spoke to you a few months ago asking if there was an end date to esa support group and was to yes there is.

      Ive been on a website called yourable this morning and a man mentioned he had spoke to dwp to ask if his support group claim would end.

      He has been told by dwp there is no end date for esa support group although there is for wrag.

      So it looks like things have changed since you last spoke to me. Just thought i would tell you as you have always given good advice before xx

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