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Confused about ESA

ZoemcqZoemcq Member Posts: 9 Listener
I was out into wrag at first and then I put in a MR which was declined. I have sent the court form off for tribunal but in January this year I got a e50 form and was put in support without another assessment. I phoned DWP and I didn't get an explanation. As I have been put in the support group is there any point in going to tribunal ?.

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  • CockneyRebelCockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,258 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Zoemcq and welcome

    When were you put into WRAG ?
    Is your ESA CB only or do you have an IR element ?
    Do you claim PIP ?


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  • ZoemcqZoemcq Member Posts: 9 Listener
    I was on cont based for a year and been on income based for just less than a year. Yes I get PIP standard daily.
  • steve51steve51 Community champion Posts: 7,175 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Zoemcq

    Good Morning & Welcome 🙏🙏

    We have got some info on “ESA”

    Here’s a link below for you.

    https://www.scope.org.uk/advice-and-support/employment-and-support-allowance

    Please let me know if you need a hand 🖐 going through the info above????

    @steve51
  • ZoemcqZoemcq Member Posts: 9 Listener
    Hi thanks for the info. I already know all that though so unfortunately this does not help with my query.
  • steve51steve51 Community champion Posts: 7,175 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Zoemcq

    I’m “very very sorry” to hear that the info was no good!!!

    I can forward your post onto one of our “Benefit Advisors” 

    Can you please let me know if this would be better for you???

    @steve51
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,662 Disability Gamechanger
    Welcome to the community @Zoemcq :)
    I'll more your question into the ESA section of the forum and I hope you get some answers soon.
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  • ZoemcqZoemcq Member Posts: 9 Listener
    Thanks Chloe. Thanks Steve. I am grateful for the posts, however I jus don't know whether or not to goto tribunal or not ?. 
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,662 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Zoemcq, I understand this is a hard decision to make, especially because of the time and stress. This is completely up to you but the community will support you with whatever decision you make.
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  • ZoemcqZoemcq Member Posts: 9 Listener
    I don't think I've got anything to lose ? 
  • CockneyRebelCockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,258 Disability Gamechanger
    I am not sure if this is straight forward ( morphine has got my brain atm )
    You probably should get trained advice from an agency near you.

    @poppy123456 what are your thoughts please
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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    edited May 2019
    Hi,

    How long was the time between the first decision and the 2nd decision please? Also when did you first claim ESA?
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  • ZoemcqZoemcq Member Posts: 9 Listener
    Tribunal services told me that it's from 23rd June 2018. The second decision was in Jan/Feb this year.  I can't remember when it was maybe about 18 months ago. Sorry I'm not much help can't get to my paperwork.
  • ZoemcqZoemcq Member Posts: 9 Listener
    Yes I might go see the advisor who helped me fill in the court form for tribunal 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    edited May 2019
    That means that there's a 7-8 month difference in the decision dates. Also if you claimed after April 2017 then WRAG will only pay you £73 per week.

    My opinion is, yes most definitely worth take it to Tribunal. Whatever decision the Tribunal make, it won't make any difference to the decision you recently had. The only advantage to you would be if the Tribunal awarded you limited capability for work related activity (Support Group) then you'll receive backdated money from the date the decision was made.

    If i were you, i'd continue. Good luck.
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  • ZoemcqZoemcq Member Posts: 9 Listener
    Thanks I'm just feeling a bit anxious about it all. The tribunal place said I'm on week 43 and they do them between 48-59 weeks give or take. 
  • ZoemcqZoemcq Member Posts: 9 Listener
    I didn't think they would give 7/8 months of back pay. 
  • CockneyRebelCockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,258 Disability Gamechanger
    Zoemcq said:
    I didn't think they would give 7/8 months of back pay. 
    They can if you are placed LCWRA group so nothing to lose

    @poppy123456 thanks you I thought ther might be something possible but the spiders in my head are fuzzing things up :)

    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    CR is correct, if the decision by the Tribunal is LCWRA then they will owe you backdated money.

    No problem @CockneyRebel always happy to help! Give those spiders a flick ;)
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