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Possible to request a quicker assessment?

MatthewNMatthewN Member Posts: 4 Listener
Hello. I'm Matthew, a new member. I have hydrocephalus (weakness down my right-hand side), a stutter and OCD. I applied for ESA in May (only because it was my last chance due to the abolition of the benefit), and on Saturday received a letter notifying me of my assessment date (three weeks tomorrow). Unfortunately the OCD is causing me to feel worried (can't enjoy hobbies etc) and is affecting sleep quality and length. Is there a possibility of getting the DWP to bring the assessment date forward? Don't think I can handle another three weeks of this (possibly even longer if you factor in the probability of a "fit for work" outcome, and then the appeal process). Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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  • topshoestopshoes Member Posts: 442 Pioneering
    @MathewN I can not see why not give them a call and see what they say can not hurt 
  • MatthewNMatthewN Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Thanks for the reply "topshoes".

  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    Please be aware that you can only cancel 1 appointment so if you cancel this one you won't be able to cancel another. Good luck.
    Community champion and 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.
  • MatthewNMatthewN Member Posts: 4 Listener
    edited December 2018
    Hello everybody. I just thought I'd provide you with an update. I had the assessment (the build-up to and immediate aftermath of which was nerve-racking), and received the decision letter today - support group. I'm pleased that it's all over with, because the worry was unbearable. Thanks for your help.
  • MatthewNMatthewN Member Posts: 4 Listener
    MatthewN said:
    Hello everybody. I just thought I'd provide you with an update. I had the assessment (the build-up to and immediate aftermath of which was nerve-racking), and received the decision letter today - support group. I'm pleased that it's all over with, because the worry was unbearable. Thanks for your help.
    "Were nerve-racking" I meant.
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