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EssexBoy11
EssexBoy11 Community member Posts: 9 Listener

Hi everyone, hope you're all well.

I have a telephone assessment with the DWP for ESA this week; just wondering now that we have a new government is anything going to change and is it possible it's just a phone call from the DWP to confirm a few details or a full assessment?

I'm currently in the WRAG but a lot has changed since my last assessment and also a few changes since I filled out the ESA50(?) questionnaire back in the autumn.

Kind regards

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,076 Disability Gamechanger
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    Nothing has changed at the moment. Whether there will be any changes in the future is anyone’s guess.

    Your assessment will be the same as it always is and it will be. It will be the Health Assessment Advisory Service that will do the assessment.

    How long it will last for will depend on how much information they need. For all my WCAs they’ve wanted to know what a typical day is like for me. I don’t know if this will be the same for you.

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  • EssexBoy11
    EssexBoy11 Community member Posts: 9 Listener
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    Thanks for the reply and I haven't had an ESA assessment since 2017 I don't think, the pandemic put it on hold.

  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,076 Disability Gamechanger
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    You're welcome. Yes, they were suspended from 2020. Those in the WRAG are currently being reviewed.

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  • Jimm_Scope
    Jimm_Scope Posts: 3,610 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hey @EssexBoy11, best of luck with your review! Changes to these reviews and assessments would take quite some time so you don't have to worry about things changing with the new government. They'd need to propose them, and even if accepted there would need to be time to train all the assessors on what was new.

    So it will be the same as before, as Poppy mentions. Just let them know how you're affected and it should hopefully all go well.

    We'll be here if you have any further questions!

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  • EssexBoy11
    EssexBoy11 Community member Posts: 9 Listener
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    Thank you for the replies, do you find out right away or is there a wait? Also does your ESA continue the same until a decision is made?

    Kind regards

  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,076 Disability Gamechanger
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    Once the assessment is completed a report will be written and returned to DWP. A decision can then take up to 12 weeks. Your payments will continue as normal in the meantime.

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  • EssexBoy11
    EssexBoy11 Community member Posts: 9 Listener
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    Thank you for the reply, that's good and sometimes are these phone calls just to confirm certain details on the ESA50? Sorry for all the questions btw.

    Kind regards

  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,076 Disability Gamechanger
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    Usually it's because they don't have enough of information to write the report so they will ask you questions. They don't always ask you to confirm what you wrote in the 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.
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  • EssexBoy11
    EssexBoy11 Community member Posts: 9 Listener
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    That's fair enough, I have a few things that need adding anyway as for starters I've changed my medication since sending the ESA50 back and things have happened in my personal life.

  • EssexBoy11
    EssexBoy11 Community member Posts: 9 Listener
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    Was due to have my telephone assessment today, they called but only to tell me they couldn't carry out the assessment because their computer systems are down.

    Opted to wait and they'll call me later if things get back up and running again, what does this mean and even though they said it wouldn't will it affect my claim?

  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,076 Disability Gamechanger
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    It means they couldn't do the assessment. You'll likely be sent another appointment at some point. No, your ESA will not be affected because it was their fault, not yours.

    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.
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