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I got in mess, I claim esa support group for me, I get dla

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I got in mess, I claim esa support group for me, I get dla for my son and tax credits with maintenance been saving it. Now dwp want 5 yrs bank statements
Assistant: Where are you located? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: Felixstowe Suffolk
Assistant: Has anything been filed or reported?
Customer: I don't know also I have autism at one point had pip and savings mounted so put into savings account
Assistant: Anything else you want the solicitor to know before I connect you?
Customer: I now putting dla into named account for my son but I'm getting ill over it
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 months ago.

Hi, welcome to JustAnswer. My name is*****’m a barrister with 12 years of experience and I am happy to help with your question today.

How can I help with this please?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
As I am in support group for esa due to autism I also get child tax credits and dla for son with autism. I let money accumulate in saving and transferred some to savings. Now being investigated by dwp, how much can I have in savings I'm terrified
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
I struggle with phone calls
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Can you help me
Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 months ago.

Yes, just need to know what your question is?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
How much can I have in savings and how does it affect what I claim
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
They have asked for 5 yrs bank statements and at one point I received lump sum from backdated maintenance so had fair bit in there briefly
Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 months ago.

If you are receiving ESA then that is a means tested benefit.

You can have up to £5k in savings before it has to be declared.

I would imagine that payment is the issue.

Can I clarify anything for you?

Jo

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
If I had more savings what will happen
Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 months ago.

Then they may prosecute you for fraud.

Or they may just ask you to repay.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Even though savings are partly from dla? What happens if they say it fraud, I didn't know if saved it I had to declare it
Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 months ago.

Then they may prosecute you.

But probably they would just ask you to repay.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Could I repay over time and will I still get the benefits
Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 months ago.

They will let you repay over time but they might well stop your claim

It is not likely to come to that though.