because of my disabilities and mental health problems, I have been on Income Support.
Recently I had to complete an ESA form to allow my benefits to continue, with a change from weekly Income Support payments to fortnightly ESA payments. I have definitive medical proof of my physical and mental health disabilities and was placed in the Support Group.
I’m extremely grateful of receiving benefits but on Income Support, I was paid weekly by special arrangement but now my ESA is to be paid fortnightly.
I wrote to the DWP and received a phone call back of an advisor who was quite abrupt and told me ESA must be paid fortnightly.
She said that there are no circumstances were ESA can be paid weekly for any longer than a month.
This might not sound like a problem to the majority of you but please believe me, when you suffer with some mental health problems, CHANGE is a massive problem. When my mental health is at its lowest, deep depressive episodes occur, usually followed by periods of mania
My question is.
Please can anyone tell me if there are circumstances that allow continual weekly ESA payments ?
Hope someone can please help me with some advice.