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i have received the letter saying my ESA has been stopped on 19th Jan. 2019 following medical. i have sent off mandatory reconsideration request. 
job centre has told me not to send in any doctors certificates until i have heard back from mandatory reconsideration [2 weeks] but i dont get any benefit in the meantime.
jobcentre also says once i file my appeal papers [if i need to] then send in in the doctors certificate dated from the 19 th Jan.    can someone tell me if this is genuine information -  many thanks  

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

    This is all correct, providing you haven't claimed Universal credit? If you have claimed UC since being found fit for work then you won't be able to go back onto ESA.
    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.
  • Dotty123Dotty123 Member Posts: 492 Pioneering
    How long did it take you to get your reply after medical
  • barry01barry01 Member Posts: 13 Listener
  • Dotty123Dotty123 Member Posts: 492 Pioneering
    Gosh thank you dreading it I went as can’t use hands god no’s what I’ll get thank you barry
  • barry01barry01 Member Posts: 13 Listener
    i got probs too both hands - arthritis
  • Dotty123Dotty123 Member Posts: 492 Pioneering
    I can’t use mine at all for anything what you think my chances are thanks
  • barry01barry01 Member Posts: 13 Listener
    i have other problems too but they rubbished everything - back again to another tribunal - think they want everyone on universal credit
  • Angiebabes2410Angiebabes2410 Member Posts: 70 Courageous
    I wish you all the best for a swift outcome, when it is happening to you it seems like a lifetime and nothing is being done, I hope it all gets sorted soon. People say if you win you will be backdated but right now that doesn't help you to buy food , take care Angie xx 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Dotty123 said:
    I can’t use mine at all for anything what you think my chances are thanks
    No one on an internet forum can tell you what your chances are because no one knows exactly how your conditions affect your ability to do any type of work. When being assessed for ESA it's about the work you can do and not the work you can't do.

    May i ask how you use the computer?

    Also have you taken a look at the descriptors for the Support Group? To be placed into this group you must satisfy at least one of those descriptors, it's not about scoring points.
    Descriptors here.

    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.
  • Dotty123Dotty123 Member Posts: 492 Pioneering
    I have friend help me plus I have thumb 
  • clarkjohnsonclarkjohnson Member Posts: 210 Pioneering
    Well said dotty what a cheek asking you insinuating questions like that totally out of order . People are on here for help please refrain from such actions sir . 
  • Dotty123Dotty123 Member Posts: 492 Pioneering
    Yes thank you and yes I asked question from you not to be spoken to like that you could of bit your tongue and asked nicer thank you Clark Johnson for noticing x
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    I have no idea what the other person said because i have them on ignore. I was actually trying to help, just like i've done with all your other questions. I'll now add you to my ignore list as well.
    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
    Your welcome that's no way to treat a lady . Toms my real name tc X 
  • Dotty123Dotty123 Member Posts: 492 Pioneering
    Hi tom I only asked simple question I’m karen 
  • Dotty123Dotty123 Member Posts: 492 Pioneering
    Typedplz don’t ignore me  into ignore me plz it nice having someone with manners  your comment
  • clarkjohnsonclarkjohnson Member Posts: 210 Pioneering
    Don't worry Karen if he was a man he would apologise to you for his appalling comment s let other decent people on this forum judge him for themselves were not the only ones I can tell you far from it  . Tc X 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    For your information i'm not a man. I didn't apologise because i have nothing to apologise for, i was trying to help her. You clearly don't like me and never have, which was why you were questioning me just a couple of weeks ago.
    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
    Excuse me you just said that you've got me on ignore ??  As for questioning why did you ask Karen that question could you enlighten us . 
  • Dotty123Dotty123 Member Posts: 492 Pioneering
    I meant when asked what were my chances I can use my thumb also have Alexa helps me sorry I asked Clark has been a Grt help to me I’ve Neva had review before thank you Tom xx
  • debsidoodebsidoo Member Posts: 327 Pioneering
    Hi @Dotty123
    i know it’s difficult at times but please don’t be angry with poppy she does give very good advice and the fact that she mentioned using a computer is nothing different to what you could be asked at an assessment.
    Bear in mind they could say if you can use a computer you can use your hands unless these things are pointed out at assessment they will find any reason to say you are fit.
    Poppy was just trying to be helpful.Good luck 
        Debsidoo.x
  • Dotty123Dotty123 Member Posts: 492 Pioneering
    Thank you I’m not mad at her at all I only have thumb I needed to no if my esa stops I still have no hands so how do I work poppy has been Grt x
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    @debsidoo thank you very much for those kind words!

    @Dotty123 i didn't block you, i just chose not to reply anymore.

    I was angry with a certain person, who seems to have taken a dislike to me, of which i have reported. I do not and will not have to answer to anyone, much less a person that has clearly taken a dislike to me.

    I genuinely was only trying to help you because as debsidoo has said they will ask you all sorts of questions during your assessment and they are always one step ahead of you.

    I put the link up to the Support Group descriptors so that you can see if any of those will apply to you.

    I know exactly how scary these assessments are because i had mine in October/November and i can't tell you how nervous i was. Just be honest and answer those questions as best you can.

    I know it's worrying because you don't know what will happen if you were found fit for work but try not to worry just yet because you're still receiving your ESA. If the worst happens then come back here and someone will advise you what you need to do. Always remember that we only ever hear the bad stories on the internet and rarely hear to good ones. I've never had a bad assessment, or assessment report. Good luck.
    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.
  • Dotty123Dotty123 Member Posts: 492 Pioneering
    Thank you you’ve been Grt my sister txts for mostly thank you for the nice words and good luck your a star xx
  • clarkjohnsonclarkjohnson Member Posts: 210 Pioneering
    Good morning everyone hope your all fine glad you've sorted the misunderstanding out like everyone says it is hard to understand people's feelings sometimes at difficult times . Let's all be friends because we've all issues . I've got nothing against poppy perhaps I shouldn't listen to what everyone tells me in the future. Some of the questions seem a little unfeeling but that's just my opinion I'm only human . Sending love to poppy and any misunderstanding forgotten your obviously a lady with good intention perhaps I could learn a lot from a interlectual person like yourself if I've got an issue I'm sure you'll advise myself and others in your honest way and not take it personally when it's not . Good luck all X 
  • Dotty123Dotty123 Member Posts: 492 Pioneering
    Hi sorry to bother you can I ask I went to my esa during interview I asked woman if she had my drs report she said no ,it was sent 15jan for appt 24/jan she said must of gone to another department shouldn’t she of had it with her x
  • clarkjohnsonclarkjohnson Member Posts: 210 Pioneering
    Haven't got a clue dotty 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    edited January 2019
    Where was the report sent to DWP or the health assessment provider? It should have been sent to the health assessment. She may not have had it with her but it may have been inside your file. I wouldn't worry too much, although i know that's easier said than done.

    As it was the 24th yesterday, was that when you had your face to face assessment?
    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.
  • Dotty123Dotty123 Member Posts: 492 Pioneering
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    You're welcome.
    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.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Wait a week then ring DWP to request a copy of the assessment report to be sent to you. This will give you some idea what the decision is likely to be as they mostly go with the report.

    If you don't understand what the letter means, i'll happily help you to understand it but to do this you'll need to type some parts of the letter out on here but make sure you don't add any personal information.
    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.
  • Dotty123Dotty123 Member Posts: 492 Pioneering
  • Dotty123Dotty123 Member Posts: 492 Pioneering
    Well rushed drs tonight no 192/100 blood sugar 20 lost half stone why do they treat us like that losing benefit if appeal home sorry just mad I’m I’ll with this xx🥴
  • Dotty123Dotty123 Member Posts: 492 Pioneering
  • Dotty123Dotty123 Member Posts: 492 Pioneering
    Clark Johnson I got this bout payment don’t no if right could try x
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