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ESA Support Group 3-year end. Is there a review?

Hello

My wife was assessed and awarded the ESA Support Group payment for 3 years which ceases in November 2018. She is adamant that no further payments will be made after December 2018 and I'm just wondering if it means that she will be assessed again after 3 years or is she right in thinking that the payments will stop with no access to any more?

She is also not able to claim any other benefits because of the household income and wondered what she should do going forward as she is still very much unable to work?

Thanks

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  • Pippa_AlumniPippa_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,851 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @wptd17, and a warm welcome to the community!

    Hopefully some of our members will be able to help you out with your ESA query.

    Does your wife claim PIP? This isn't means-tested, so it could be an additional source of income. You can do an online PIP self-test here.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    Her ESA won't stop, even if she hasn't be reassessed. The time they give you in the Support Group is just a guide, some are reassessed before that time and others go over that time. They can''t find you fit for work for ESA without a face to face assessment. Hope this helps.
    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.
  • wptd17wptd17 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Hi Pippa & poppy123456

    Thanks for your very quick responses and will speak with my wife.

    I wasn't sure how the payments could just stop and will mention the PIP as well.

    So if she thinks that the payments come to an end they won't and she should have a face to face assessment to check fit for work status?

    Best regards

    wptd17
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    No, they won't just end. You can be re-assessed at anytime for ESA but if you haven't been re-assessed when the end date arrives your payment continue. Lots of people go over their time. My advice, there's nothing to worry about because her payments will continue. They will send her another ESA50 form eventually. When that will be is anyone's guess.
    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.
  • wptd17wptd17 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Thanks once again poppy123456
  • wptd17wptd17 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    One last question, sorry!

    A daft question but my wife says she wasn't means tested, it was based on her NI contribution.

    I don't think this is relevant but perhaps you could expand for me?

    Thanks
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    You're right it's not relevant. Those that claim contributions based in the Support Group are paid it for as long as they remain in the group. The above advice still applies.
    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.
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