You can't have both, either you will be in contribution ESA (not means tested for a year) or income ESA (means tested from day one)
I think you should be on Contribution ESA or at least that is what I ended up on from Incapacity benefit.
CB ESA is not ever
means tested, its a taxable benefit.
It is in payment based on relevant NI contribution for the qualifying year, it is now time limited in the WRAG for 365 days.
Missdepressed, You are getting CB now because you obviously qualify due to NI contributions for the relevant year additionally You can
get your CB ESA topped up with IR ESA, depending on your circumstances. So do apply as soon as possible as mentioned in your letter.
If your money remains the same as it was, (as per your previous post) when your entitlement to ESA CB ends after 365 days you should automatically be entitled to ESA IR.
If you are on a low income, you may be able claim income-related ESA as well to increase your allowances. If you meet both the criteria for contribution based and income related Employment and Support Allowance then you will receive whichever is the greater between the ESA CB personal rate and your ESA IR applicable amount