For those moved over from incapacity benefit to contribution based ESA between 2011-2014.
The DWP have published their written statement about ESA. Many of you will already be receiving income related ESA, some may be receiving contribution based ESA because you are better off on this, (you have savings of over £16,000 which would exclude you from receiving income related ESA). But for those receiving contribution based ESA with no savings, this affects you.
Those transferred from Incapacity Benefit to ESA at that time were unaware they could be eligible for income related ESA and consequently the extra premiums that it attracted, (which were not payable with contribution based ESA) and potentially they were losing out on around £15 a week without realising (because their payments remained the same as they were on Incapacity Benefit).
The written statement on ESA can be found here: http://bit.ly/2zcWhIi
The Department have created a special team to contact all those people who were transferred from Incapacity Benefit to Contribution based ESA rather than income based ESA between 2011-2014.
They will begin contacting all individuals affected and they aim to repay the appropriate arrears within 12 weeks. They intend to complete their review by 2019.
If you think you may be affected, you can call us on 0333 1212 300. DWP will be in contact in due course.