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Has anyone ever got ESA in the support group for more that 3 years?

carrie16carrie16 Member Posts: 6 Listener
Has anyone ever got ESA in the support group for more that 3 years? 


  • steve51steve51 Member Posts: 7,175 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @carrie16

    Welcome to our online community I do hope that we can offer you both help/support ???

    I have placed an attachment below with regards to Benefits 


    please please come back to me if you need any more help ????

  • CockneyRebelCockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,257 Disability Gamechanger
    ESA is a non definate award. ESA can be reveiwed at any time from three months to three years for support group. However due to serious backlogs some reveiws are being defer often for two years or more.
    I hope that helps

    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • dogfatherdogfather Member Posts: 61 Connected
    I have been in the ESA support group since 2013 without any review of my claim. Most probably as Cockney Rebel says it's due to a backlog of cases they are working through. 
  • Sam_AlumniSam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,729 Disability Gamechanger
    @Debbie_Scope do you have any information on this?
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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    There are catching up with all those backlogs so be prepared. I recently had my review after no contact for almost 4 years.
    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
  • Debbie_ScopeDebbie_Scope Member Posts: 947 Pioneering
    Hi @carrie16,

    The maximum period of time between assessments should be 3 years. Yes there are backlogs in some areas so it can be the case that some people remain in the support group for longer.

    There was a pause in reassessments back in 2014 for a while to deal with the backlog of new assessments but it soon started backing up again once they re-started in December 2015. To date we're hearing from people who've not had reviews for quite a while.

    The latest ESA statistics can be found on the government website for anyone who shares an interest in this topic.

    Thanks for everyone's input here, you're all so knowledgeable and helpful.

    Best wishes
  • dogfatherdogfather Member Posts: 61 Connected
    I am still in the ESA support group, personally I do not think I will ever be reassessed as my benefit was wiped out by a private pension. All I get now is my stamp paid
  • stevevarstevevar Member Posts: 5 Listener
    i got warded 3 years then it  got put 18 months i  wrotee to both my old mp and new mp still waiting for a reply since   i have moved from  London to  Essex baintree wethersfield area  were i cant get around you lol no lights or pavements or road signs
  • NystagmiteNystagmite Member Posts: 608 Pioneering
    I was awarded it in 2012. Not heard a thing since.
  • Babsl57Babsl57 Member Posts: 3 Listener
    I was awarded in 2010. I had letters for the following 2 years saying my award was to continue, however the letters have stopped now too.
  • Helen71Helen71 Member Posts: 8 Listener
    Hi me to . I have been in the support group for 3 years no review l  have also started to get universal credit on top
  • NanaSNanaS Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Hi yes I have been in support group for long time , they sent me for the 1 st time assement forms which I filled in, 13 weeks later got letter stating no assement still in support group . Hope that helps 
    merry Christmas
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