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ESA change of address situation

confused66confused66 Member Posts: 7 Listener
I moved in with my partner last September and only lived with him for a short period as I had to return to my home town which was along way from him, because a family matter occurred. I received a new esa3 form which I filled in as a single person but used his postcode as I am still of no fixed abode. They called and said they had a problem and that as I was using his postcode. I seemed advice and was told to use a postcode in my home town as I was residing there which I did do. I still visit his house and am still under consultant for an operation in his area because of the waiting list. So the esa demanded other information which I supplied each time I get a call they move the goal posts for something else. Now it has gone to a decision maker as they don't believe I have moved at all. 

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  • steve51steve51 Member Posts: 7,175 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @confused66

    Good Evening & Welcome 😇😇

    I’m very very sorry 😐 to hear 👂 about your (esa)

    I am one off the Community Champion’s here.

    I would like to try to offer you some help/support with things if required????

    @steve51
  • confused66confused66 Member Posts: 7 Listener
    Good evening @steve51 thank u for ur reply and ur help with this situation was be very much appreciated
  • confused66confused66 Member Posts: 7 Listener
    My last payment was before xmas and now the decision has gone to a decision maker in ur opinion how do u think I stand ? It just seems as if they are now dictating to me if I can visit? Also as I said I have an appointment with a surgeon in my partners area bout arranging a date for my  operation I am worried should I cancel this appointment as I will have to stay over at his house. This situation is making me poorly if u cud help I wud be eternally grateful.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    I think the problem here is that you used to be a couple and claimed ESA as a couple. You moved out and then claimed as a single person but you continued to use their address. Now they're questioning whether you're still a couple. This is far too complicated for an internet forum and i'd advise you to get expert advice and contact your local welfare rights or law centre.
    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.
  • confused66confused66 Member Posts: 7 Listener
    Just to add thou wen we did live together we did not claim any other benefits like housing or council tax? 
  • confused66confused66 Member Posts: 7 Listener
    What do u think wud be the worse case scenario.? 
  • confused66confused66 Member Posts: 7 Listener
    I am so stressed over this situation. It's making me poorly. After I seeked professional advice to use my c/o address back home I explained that I am of no fixed abode still at the moment. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Using the address where you used to live with your partner will have caused the problem, as i advised.

    I really can't advise on the worst case scenario i'm afraid. You'll need to wait for DWP to make a decision and go from there, if it's not what you were expecting.
    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.
  • confused66confused66 Member Posts: 7 Listener
    Ok poppy123456. Thank u anyways. Take care.
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