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What happens when my 13 weeks is up on ESA

kathykathy Member Posts: 8 Listener
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  • kathykathy Member Posts: 8 Listener
    What happens when my 13weeks is up on esa ?
  • BenefitsTrainingCoBenefitsTrainingCo Member Posts: 2,692 Pioneering
    edited October 2016
    Hello Kathy

    In short nothing will happen.

    The 13 weeks that you mention is called the assessment phase, and this will continue until the DWP make a decision on whether ESA can continue or not. Whether ESA continues or not will depend on if you have 'limited capability for work'. Your capability for work will be assessed via a medical examination.  

    Generally an ESA claim is as follows:
    1. Claim ESA
    2. Called for a medical assessment (Work Capability Assessment)
    3. DWP decide if ESA can continue or not

    The Scope website gives an overview of ESA and the Work Capability Assessment.



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