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ESA

Hi looking for some advice please 
I went to ESA assessment yesterday the lady was lovely 
she wrote the report out and did a couple of test to see what I could and couldn't do
at the end she did say its not her decision but she would recommend I go into support group , not got a clue what she meant anyway I currently claim pip standard on both and ESA contribution based can anyone please tell me what happens from this
many thanks

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

    She really shouldn't have said anything to you during the assessment. That's not what their job is. She will write a report with recommendations on it. This will then be returned to DWP and a decision maker will make a decision based on the report.

    If you're placed into the Support Group if you're on assessment rate at the moment then you'll receive backdated money from the 14th week of your claim.

    Whether you're entitled to anything else will depend on whether you're claiming Contributions based ESA or Income related ESA and whether or not you live alone.
    Community champion and 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
    Hi,

    I just looked back at your other threads and see that you're claiming Universal and not ESA. The rules are slightly different for UC.

    If you're given limited capability for work related activity (LCWRA) then you'll receive an extra £336 per month from the 4th month of your claim starting from when you sent in your first fit note.

    If you're given limited capability for work then you won't receive any extra money.

    There are no disability premiums paid on UC.

    You can also ring UC to request a copy of the assessment report. This will give you some idea what the decision is likely to be because they mostly go with the report. Good luck.
    Community champion and 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.
  • GettinOldeGettinOlde Member Posts: 495 Pioneering
    Don't be deceived by 'nice people' during assessment - they should be doing their job indiscriminately.
    Resident joker - not to be taken too seriously ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Believe it or not there are some very nice HCPs out there. I've never met a bad one yet and i've had 3 PIP assessments and 2 face to face assessments for ESA. I always found them polite and extremely helpful.
    Community champion and 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.
  • GettinOldeGettinOlde Member Posts: 495 Pioneering
    edited June 2019
    No doubt, but on one assessment the HCP asked me to pull my knees up when on the examination couch, rolled my right hip out, but couldn't roll out the left because the couch was up against the wall - claimed both hips were fully mobile.

    The last assessment I had was performed by a very pleasant lady and most activities were performed whilst sat on a chair, but the assessment decision had a blatant lie in it claiming they had tried to contact me at home when I had been indoors all day.
    Resident joker - not to be taken too seriously ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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