I would expect you to hear about whether your
fiancé is entitled to ESA very soon. As in my experience a written decision is sent
out around 4-6 weeks after an assessment.
When the decision is sent out, it will say
if ESA will continue and if so what group of ESA your fiancé will be placed in.
There are 2 groups, the work related activity group and the support group. For the work related activity group a person
will have to have regular interviews with an adviser about for example what
help can be given to improve employment prospects once able to work again. For people in the support group they will not
be expected to attend any interviews.
If you have not received your decision in the
next week, please post again, as we can advise you what to do next, and what
action you can take.
Your post did not mention anything about disability
benefits such as Personal Independence payments. Does your fiancé receive such
I am sorry to hear that you have not yet received a decision.
From reading your post, as no decision has been in regard to you
fiancé's capability assessment you have been stuck on basic ESA for 14 months.
This is too long.
It may be worth lodging a complaint. This should be done in
writing (and keep a copy of your letter), and make sure the letter:
- is headed in large text ‘COMPLAINT’,
- Your fiancés national insurance number is put down as the reference
- Your fiancés full name, and address is detailed
- explain that you are complaining as you have been on ESA basic rate
for 14 months, and the delays in deciding whether ESA will continue and what
group your fiancé will be placed in are unreasonable
- Briefly explain the impact this wait is having on your finance’s health
and well being
- That you would like a decision to be made as soon as possible
Send the letter to the office dealing with your ESA claim; this will be on
any ESA letters you have recently received.
It should take around 15 days for your complaint to be dealt with.
Please post again if you need further assistance, or with the outcome of
the complaint. I hope that a decision
will be made soon and that it is the right decision.