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Confusing ESA questionnaires

WelshgirlWelshgirl Member Posts: 1 Listener
I’m confused. I signed on ESA on 8th December 2017.  I was waiting for a complex hip reconstruction, and was in a lot of pain. I didn’t have a questionnaire to fill until April this year. I had an appointment for face to face assessment on 9th June 2018. By this time I’d had my op on 14th May 2018.

The doctor’s assessment put me in the support group, partly as I was on the list for a knee replacement after the hip had settled.

I have now just received another ESA50 questionnaire? Is this normal? Can anyone help please? I know I won’t be in Support group for ever, but three months? That doesn’t seem right. Any ideas anyone please? Thank you.


  • thespicemanthespiceman Member Posts: 6,408 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @Welshgirl   Pleased to meet you welcome.

    Understand and agree with you all confusing. Thank you for sharing.

    I am unsure of an answer to your question.  I know a member of our team or a member of our community will know.

    You can could have a look at our benefit advice and information. Contact CAB  for information, benefit advice.

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  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,653 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Welshgirl and a warm welcome to the community! This does sound more complex then normal. Like @thespiceman has said, it may be worth contacting CAB or the Scope helpline on: 0808 800 3333.
    I will move this discussion to the ESA section and hopefully other community members may have some advice :)

  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger

    With ESA they can contact you at anytime. As you had your op shortly before your last assessment they most likely want to see if it's improved your condition. As you've now been sent another ESA50 form, it will need to be returned no later than the date stated on the letter. Don't forget to send all your support evidence with the form, as they rarely contact anyone for evidence. Good luck.
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