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Hi people, already worried for my ESA.

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kami_84
kami_84 Community member Posts: 1 Listener
Hello Dear people. My review for ESA is in August in a year time and I'm already scared. If I dont get ESA I will become homeless. 

I have a problem because previously I was only placed in the support group because I was suicidal and I could show them that Im getting suicidal and Im a risk to myself. 

This time I really don't feel that anyone will believe me. 

I am transgender and Im ofthen discriminated. There is one doctor at the local hospital who doeasnt believe me. So even if I go to the hospital for suicidal thoughts he is going to discharge me as say that Im fine. I am not. The last time they discgarged me prematurely and im scared of going back there. 

I am basically worried that I wont have a strong enough evidence to provide to esa since im affraid to go to the hospital even. 

I am so worried that they will take me out of support group and my health is bad. 

I do have community CMHT doctor who is nice to me for a change. But I know that they will require strong evidence to be in support group aand Im worried that this time I wont be able to provide it like the last time. 

Can you adise me something. Thank you.

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,127 Disability Gamechanger
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    ESA Support Group is an ongoing award until a new decision says otherwise. Your money will not just stop. The timescale they give you for a review date is just a guide and it doesn't mean they will receive you on that date. At the moment those in the Support Group are not currently being reviewed as they are still suspended. 

    When they do start back there will very likely be backlogs so you may not be reviewed anytime soon. 

    When you do eventually have a review then just send what evidence you have. When I was last reviewed in 2020 I didn't send any medical evidence and I had a paper based assessment. This was based on the information I gave in my form. 


    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • luvpink
    luvpink Community member Posts: 53 Courageous
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    I was reassessed last year for esa completely out of the blue after having been in the cb support group was several years.
    I had a telephone assesment that lasted about an hour and a half.
    It was quite thorough and fair to be honest.
    I received the descision two weeks later saying that I remained in the support group.
    It did cause me a lot of anxiety  having to complete the form and go through the assesment but its done thank goodness.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,127 Disability Gamechanger
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    @luvpink there were some people that were contacted last year around June/July. They are now suspended again. 
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • Hannah_Alumni
    Hannah_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,912 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hello @kami_84

    I'm going to pop an email over to you <3 
    Hannah - She / Her

    Online Community Coordinator @ Scope

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