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I am 58 years old & live on benefits due to ongoing mental

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I am 58 years old & live on benefits due to ongoing mental health issues. I have a drawdown account to accommodate my previous employment pensions !
How does this impact on my eligibility for benefits ??
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 5 months ago.

HOw much did you have and what are you claiming?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
I receive ESA, Pip & housing/council tax benefits.
I have approximately £90K Held in a pension drawdown account for my retirement.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 5 months ago.

Ok. Thanks. Sorry for the delay.

You have declared this I suppose?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Declared it to whom ? My IFA assured me that the drawdown account doesn't constitute savings as required to declare to benefit agencies.
Is that not the case ?
Expert:  Jo C. replied 5 months ago.

Does that mean you haven't told them?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
No I haven't !
Expert:  Jo C. replied 5 months ago.

That is a problem I'm afraid.

They are entitled to be told about funds you have in a pension acount. Some of your benefits would not have been affected but some would and they are entitled to assess them.

ESA certainly is means tested. So is housing and council tax benefits. PIP is more arguable.

I'm very sorry but that is your position.

This very definitely does constitute savings.

Can I clarify anything for you?

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