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Had to fight to gain ESA payments again

rosebud0710rosebud0710 Member Posts: 1
Hi I'm disabled through having my thyroid removed and auto immune system responded and attacked my body I'm unable to walk with out crutches as my left leg does not work .  I had a great job working  on a busy AE Department for NHS after op they finished me due to ill health I spent yrs on esa support group last year I had to fight to gain esa payments again I'm worried that under the new assessment rules I may not be on this anymore it's very stressful each year ending 


  • Sam_AlumniSam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,729 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @rosebud0710

    That sounds very stressful, how are you getting on?

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  • BenefitsTrainingCoBenefitsTrainingCo Member Posts: 2,692 Pioneering
    Hi rosebud0710 

    It is stressful worrying that your ESA might be reviewed again. However some good news - the government announced recently that they wouldn't keep reviewing people who had long term conditions or conditions which get worse. We don't know the details of this yet but it does look like a positive move and should mean people don't get reassessed as often.

    The government have said this should apply to people who have 'severe, lifelong, often progressive and incurable conditions, with minimally fluctuating care needs, who are unlikely to ever be able to move closer to the labour market and into work'. 

    They also said that they're working on this right now to make sure people are not reassessed unnecessarily. It might be worth talking to your MP about how stressful you find all this though. Your MP might be able to help push for more clarification.

    I hope that helps.


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