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Sick notes re waiting mandatory reconsideration for esa WCA non f2f attendance.

Hi all, 

I am waiting a mandatory reconsideration decision in respect of a failure to attend a f2f assessment due to being housebound with Osteo Arthritis & Bipolar 1 disorder.
I have been unable to work for many yrs due to the severity of the Bipolar Disorder as any undue stress, pressure, change etc ... triggers a manic or depressive episode.

As I have become older ( now 59), over the yrs I have developed arthritis in my knees particularly the R one which now renders my mobility so restricted that I can only manage to struggle around the house with numerous aids supplied by the occupational therapy dept.

As I have been unable to work for so many years, it reached a stage where I was no longer required to send in any sick notes, and that was decided yrs ago.

As the benefits have changed, I have always been found unfit to work thus being placed in the support group (contributory based) of ESA.

When I got the letter a week before the assessment appearance was demanded, I rang them straight away to say I couldn't get there, and requested home visit.

Anyway, whilst I was getting it together to get a gp letter (which I now have, delivered to me by hand via the surgery, and sent off recorded delivery by a pastor of my local church) I got a letter saying my reasons for not attending were not acceptable, ESA stopped forthwith & pronounced fit for work & P45 sent to me. 

My question is, where do I stand regarding sick notes whilst the reconsideration is being decided ??
And if I consequently have to launch an Appeal, again what about sick notes ?
Where do I send them If I now have to submit them again ?

Thanks so much for any guidance.


  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    There's no reasons to send it fit/sick notes because the reason for the MR is failing to attend. You can't do anything until the MR decision comes back, as previously advised. 
    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.
  • SmedleySmedley Member Posts: 60 Courageous
    Thanks Poppy, just making sure !! Bless you 😘
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