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WozwenchWozwench Member Posts: 8 Listener
Hi n thanks for the add. No ESA since 14 September. Stopped due to the lies off the dwp assesser lying. Sand I showed no signs of depression and anxiety and I appeared to show no signs of being in pain. Loads more lies. My depresion and my anxiety worse due to stress my meds have increased. Many tearful night. Can't even concentrate enuf to make calls and fill forms in

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

    Have you requested a Mandatory Reconsideration? What benefits are you claiming now?
    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.
  • Sam_AlumniSam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,731 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Wozwench
    I am sorry to hear you are having such a tough time, as you say you are feeling overwhelmed in filling in forms, perhaps it would help to speak to someone at our helpline? You can call them on 0808 800 3333
    Scope
    Senior online community officer
  • BenefitsTrainingCoBenefitsTrainingCo Member Posts: 2,692 Pioneering
    Hi @Wozwench Difficult as things are, you do need to act as soon as you can to challenge this decision. All is not lost - if your health is such that you have not been able to seek advice before now, then the DWP should still accept a late request for a mandatory reconsideration.  Do seek advice and support with this so you are not struggling to do this yourself.  Advice UK has a facility to search for an advice centre near you: http://www.adviceuk.org.uk/looking-for-advice/find-advice/  or if you are in a housing association property, some of these have a team which offers benefit advice, or find your local citizen's advice.  Please do seek advice, many decisions are simply not correct and should be challenged, you are not alone and help is out there to support you.
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  • PTSDdisabledPTSDdisabled Posts: 41 Member
    Wozwench said:
    Hi n thanks for the add. No ESA since 14 September. Stopped due to the lies off the dwp assesser lying. Sand I showed no signs of depression and anxiety and I appeared to show no signs of being in pain. Loads more lies. My depresion and my anxiety worse due to stress my meds have increased. Many tearful night. Can't even concentrate enuf to make calls and fill forms in
    Wozwench.

    If you have access to a computer look up:

    LawWorks

    https://www.lawworks.org.uk/legal-advice-individuals

    You can search for a Law centre near to you, where you can get assistance with Benefits.

    I found 15 Law centres within 10 miles of where I live.

    Here is a video from The Mary Ward Centre, London.

    What to do if you fail an ESA medical assessment

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKwgX4IjIWU&feature=youtu.be
  • WozwenchWozwench Member Posts: 8 Listener
    Thanks for advice I will sort out tomorrow morning 
  • WozwenchWozwench Member Posts: 8 Listener
    poppy123456 said:
    Hi,

    Have you requested a Mandatory Reconsideration? What benefits are you claiming now?
    Hi,

    Have you requested a Mandatory Reconsideration? What benefits are you claiming now?
    I had and failed MR I'm only getting pip at min got UC appointment on 16th. I'm in middle of trying to get my head from up my butt, struggling to get in right mind mens up to max.
  • WozwenchWozwench Member Posts: 8 Listener
    Also stopped my housing benefit to 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Claiming UC means you won't be able to go back onto assessment rate for ESA while waiting for the Tribunal. Any premiums you were receiving on ESA will not be paid on UC. You'll need to send fit/sick note from your GP to claim LCWRA for UC. When claiming UC you're signing a claimant commitment but the fit note and your PIP award doesn't automatically turn off your work commitments for UC. This will depend on your work coach how many hours your asked to do. If you don't complete the hours then you'll be sanctioned. You would have been better off not claiming UC, waiting for the Tribunal to accept your ESA appeal and then go back onto assessment rate for ESA.

    You could have claimed housing benefit by filling out a nil income form and your housing benefit would have continued.

    As you've now claimed UC then your housing benefit will transfer to this and it's all paid as a monthly payment. It takes at least 5 weeks for your first payment of UC and then it's paid monthly. You'll need to take a copy of your tenancy agreement to your job centre to be paid the housing element of UC.

    Council tax reduction isn't part of UC and you need to make sure you claim the separately.


    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.
  • PTSDdisabledPTSDdisabled Posts: 41 Member
    Wozwench said:
    Also stopped my housing benefit to 
    Hi, Sorry to hear of your ongoing difficulties, have you managed to get some places where they can assist you? They may even do it over the phone. Kepp going, I managed to get some results after a year!

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