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Hi all, I have my tribunal appeal tomorrow morning regarding UC. They (Council and DWP) messed me up from the start. When I moved, back in November 2016, the Council sent me to the job centre and when I told them that I was moving within the same authority they told me to leave so I went to the job centre and was told to apply for UC and I would get the housing element. In the first interview I presented them with a fit note and told them I was on ESA support group and they replied forget ESA. I failed the Habitual Residence Test because they didn't ask for my work history and therefore closed my claim. I did MR and sent all information to them - work history - and my claim was reinstated. I was sent to WCA and failed so from 15 points I went to 0 points in a matter of months which seemed very strange. The health professional lied throughout the report and even slapped my leg when I couldn't bend it. In the meantime I contacted my MP because I was worried that I would lose my ESA because of the failed assessment. He wrote to them and they replied that as long as my circumstances didn't change I could keep my ESA. So I did. They found out one year later that I was still on ESA and told me to cancel my claim, which I did, and told me not to worry because it wasn't my fault and an advisor should have checked. I sent the tribunal all the information I had and more but I'm still a bit worried for the outcome. The Council gave me the wrong advice and the DWP didn't honour my ESA but made me cancel it altogether. If only I knew then what I know now...I just hope the panel will apply the right law. Would the letter from DWP saying I won't lose my ESA help my case? Sorry for the long post but I am very confused at this stage