Remaining politically neutral during General Election 2024


Under guidance from the Electoral Commission and Charity Commission, it's important that Scope remains politically neutral during General Elections.

While we understand that this period will see many passionate discussions and do not want to discourage open discussion, we cannot allow discussions which are purely intended to influence voting.

As ever, please make sure that your comments remain respectful of other people's opinions and keep to our online community house rules.
If we become concerned about you or anyone else while using one of our services, we will act in line with our safeguarding policy and procedures. This may involve sharing this information with relevant authorities to ensure we comply with our policies and legal obligations.

Esa help

Options
n31
n31 Community member Posts: 29 Connected
HI
This is the first time I have applied for esa as I was recieving ssp which has now stopped, I am currently receiving housing benefit and council tax reduction. I was also recently diagnosed with ASD. Why is a first time esa claim taking so long to process?
Thanks

Comments

  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,131 Disability Gamechanger
    Options
    ESA can take about 3 weeks before you recieve your first payment. You also have to remember the closing days that were over xmas and new year, these will delay the process even more. Once it's processed you'll recieve £73.10 per week paid fortnightly. An ESA50 form will then be sent out to you for you to fill in and return with all your evidence. Then you'll most likely need an assessment to see if you have a limited capability for work. You'll also need sick notes while you're on assessment rate. If you're put into one of the groups then you'll no longer need to send those sick notes in.
    https://www.gov.uk/employment-support-allowance

    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • BenefitsTrainingCo
    BenefitsTrainingCo Community member Posts: 2,621 Pioneering
    Options
    Hi n31. As poppy123456 says, it can take a few weeks for ESA to start to be paid, and initially it will be at the rate of £73.10 per week (as long as you are 25 years old or more). At some point you will need to go through the Work Capability Assessment (WCA), which usually involves filling out the ESA50 form mentioned above, and probably going to a face to face assessment. If the DWP decision maker decides that you too ill to work, then you will either be placed into the work related activity group or the support group. Make sure you keep your medical certificates up to date until you are specifically told you don't need to send them in any more. Claiming ESA can be tricky, so it is essential that you have done some proper research on the points system BEFORE you fill in the ESA50. Unless you have some severe or exceptional circumstances, you will need to score at least 15 points from the range of activities in order to get ESA, so it's vital you identify where your points are going to come from, and if possible get some detailed medical evidence to support your case. There is an excellent ESA resource on the Disability Rights UK website: https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/employment-and-support-allowance-overview, and also on www.benefitsandwork.co.uk.
    Please get back to us if you would like some more advice as your ESA claim progresses, but it can take some time. 
    Hope this helps!

    Jayne
    The Benefits Training Co:

Complete our feedback form and tell us how we can make the community better.

Do you need advice on your energy costs?


Scope’s Disability Energy Support service is open to any disabled household in England or Wales in which one or more disabled people live. You can get free advice from an expert adviser on managing energy debt, switching tariffs, contacting your supplier and more. Find out more information by visiting our
Disability Energy Support webpage.
If we become concerned about you or anyone else while using one of our services, we will act in line with our safeguarding policy and procedures. This may involve sharing this information with relevant authorities to ensure we comply with our policies and legal obligations.

Find out how to let us know if you're concerned about another member's safety.