Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
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Received Capacity to work for

hi,  today I have received a new capacity to work form and asked to complete and send back in less than 4 weeks.

ive been on ESA contribution based (Support section) for around 5 years I get £112 every week.  Why would they be asking for me to complete another Capacity to Work form after 5 years?  Also all my evidence related back to 5 years ago from consultants etc.  I have got worse and developed new life threatening illnesses which I can provide evidence of but all my mobility issues I’ve not seen consultants for over 5 years as there is nothing they can do.

Please can you advise thank you.

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

    They can re-assess you at anytime for ESA and as you haven't been re-assessed in 5 years then i think you've been extremely lucky to have gone this long without being contacted.

    You will need to fill out the form and return it will all your evidence no later than the date stated in the letter, there's no extra time for filling out ESA50 forms. If it's not returned by that date then you risk being found fit for work for failing to return the form.

    Expect another face to face assessment as most people have them. It would be worth knowing the reasons why you were originally placed into the Support Group, then you can base your claim on that.


    Support Group descriptors and reg 35 can be found in the links above. 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.
  • toby52002toby52002 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Thank you Poppy123456 last time I did not have to have an face to face assessment as they contacted my GP for information.  Do you think it may be a good idea to speak with my GP as I do not know what the DWP asked my GP?
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    It won't do any harm to speak to your GP but don't rely on them contacting your GP or anyone else for evidence because it's very rare that they do this. The onus is always on you to make sure evidence is sent to support your claim.
    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.
  • clarkjohnsonclarkjohnson Member Posts: 210 Pioneering
    Hello I had an health assessment and was found in there words fit to do some form of work I'm 63 worked over 40 years until cancer I told them I was mentally and physically tired it  seems that don't mean anything who wants to employ someone who is basically worn out how can this be right seems they just want us to die it stinks don't you think 
  • worried33worried33 Member Posts: 399 Pioneering
    edited December 2018
    I agree with @poppy123456, 5 years for ESA standards is a very long time.  You seem to have benefited from at least one deferral as usually the upper limit is a 3 year review date.  I am not saying its good they reviewing you, but you are one of the lucky ones to get a 5 year gap.  Once the process starts it is important you follow it, so fill in the ESA50, and supply any evidence you have as well.

    Not returning the form is treated very seriously, the most likely outcome would be found fit for work "without" an assessment.
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