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Hi, my name is michelle2908!

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michelle2908
michelle2908 Community member Posts: 4 Listener
I would love some help/support as I am in the process of filling forms to send an appeal, I was refused the mandatory reassessment for ESA after scoring 0 points, after 20 years of being on sickness benefits. I have osteo arthritis but am so stressed by it all, it's making me ill

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  • Jean_OT
    Jean_OT Community member Posts: 513 Pioneering
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    Hi @Michelle2908

    There may be a local disability information service in your area that has a welfare rights worker, try looking on our directory: 

    https://www.scope.org.uk/Support/Service-directory#panel-map

    If you can't access face to face support locally you might wish to call the Scope Helpline: 0808 800 3333

    Best Wishes

    Jean

    Jean Merrilees BSc MRCOT

    You can read more of my posts at: https://community.scope.org.uk/categories/ask-an-occupational-therapist

  • steve51
    steve51 Community member Posts: 7,147 Disability Gamechanger
    edited December 2017
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    Hi @michelle2908

    A very very big welcome to our online community.

    I'm very sorry to hear that things are getting very difficult currently.

    Please please let me know if there is any help & support that I can offer you ???????

    Many thanks.

  • debkenzo
    debkenzo Community member Posts: 110 Pioneering
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    Hello Michelle2908
    I am in a very similar situation and just today posted my appeal to tribunal for ESA because they did not change their decision on my request for Mandatory Reconsideration.  I was at my lowest in life and would not have managed to come this far without the help of the Citizens Advice Bureau.  They were truly amazing, explained everything about the catastrophic system call the DWP, they guided me how to apply for tribunal appeal and gave me lots of valuable advice.  Please use recorded next day delivery, check the journey on Royal Mail Tracking and print off the evidence that it was signed for at its destination.  My medical assessment was a shambles with many inconsistencies, contradictions and lies.  I cross referenced and highlighted every one of them and the DWP Decision Maker said that they will not acknowledge this information! I just hope and pray that the tribunal panel will take note of this injustice done to me.
    I really do feel for you and wish you the justice that you most certainly do deserve!!! 

    Debbie

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