Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
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ESA changes are taking their toll

HunterJ18HunterJ18 Member Posts: 1 Listener
Hi everyone,
I have had my ESA payments stopped after a Capability for Work Assessment.
I have finally managed to get through to make an appointment to see someone at the local Jobcentre Plus. The phone for the place is constantly engaged and the DWP phone gives you the run around something chronic. 
I tried to apply online for an appointment and also to claim Universal Credit but wasn't able to as its not in my area yet....
I also tried to claim Jobseekers Allowance but can't because of having ESA in the last month which made me ineligible for it.
I rang the number on the Assessment letter and was finally put through to a living talking person who spoke to me about my ESA stopped payments and I told them I wanted to appeal against the decision. He put me through to someone who was able to fill in an online application with me giving details over phone.
So tomorrows appointment is for the JSA 'New Style' benefit and I can still appeal on the decision of payment stoppage.
I am severely depressed and this is pushing me back a lot more I lost both my parents just over a year ago and I am finding it really hard to come to terms with this...my depression wasn't taken into consideration...I just want to shut everything out as I can't cope with it anymore.
I also have to wear a BAHA and find it very hard to speak to people and the fact I struggle wasn't taken into account either.


  • Pippa_AlumniPippa_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,851 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @HunterJ18, and a warm welcome to the community!

    First and foremost, I'm so sorry for your loss. Do you have any support for your mental health in place at the moment?

    It's good to hear that you're appealing the decision. I hope your appointment tomorrow goes well, and do keep us updated on your progress. This page on DWP appeals may be worth a read, and feel free to come back to us with any questions: we have lots of knowledgeable community members who will do their best to advise!
  • Ami2301Ami2301 Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,742 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @HunterJ18 welcome to the community!

    My thoughts are with you, if you ever need to talk to us, we will be here for you.

    I really hope your appointment tomorrow goes well! :)
    Disability Gamechanger - 2019
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger

    Sorry for your loss.

    As you've been found fit for work you now have 28 days from the date of the decision to request the Mandatory reconsideration. You should put this in writing stating what you disagree with and which group you think you should be in an your reasons why. Sending in evidence to support your claim will help because they rarely contact anyone for this, the onus is on you to make sure it's sent.

    You say you've claimed New Style JSA? This is Contributions based JSA and is only for those who have paid enough National insurance contributions in the last 2 tax years from working and you can only claim this if your area is a full Universal credit area. Have you worked in the last 2 tax years or have you been claiming ESA for this time?

    If you haven't worked in the last 2 years then you should be claiming Income related JSA with a sick note for an extended 13 week period while you wait for the MR decision on your ESA claim.

    I really do advise you to get further help, advice and support with this MR and your benefits claim because it could be that you've applied for the wrong benefit.
    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.
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