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i got a capability for work questionnaire

i got a capability for work questionnaire im disabled and house bound what is everyone else experience with this and is this a routine review ???/

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  • danny1986danny1986 Member Posts: 54 Connected
    I got a capability for work questionnaire in the post is this routine and whats everyone else experience with this should I be worried im house bound and disabled so its quite worrying
  • Dotty123Dotty123 Member Posts: 492 Pioneering
    It’s esa most peaple have had one lot got no points ,money stopped ,some lucky got points 
  • danny1986danny1986 Member Posts: 54 Connected
    ok this does not sound good   so basicalley  they taking everyone off it   ????
  • wilkowilko Member Posts: 2,352 Disability Gamechanger
    How can people say it’s down to luck, if your awarded benefits or not, if you don’t meet, full fill the claiming criteria then it a no benefit for you, you can appeal but it not pot luck or if your face fits.
  • danny1986danny1986 Member Posts: 54 Connected
    ok so if you difficulties and generally cant work should you be ok ???
  • Dotty123Dotty123 Member Posts: 492 Pioneering
    Most failed then did mandatory which did nothing but they stop your money .housing.you do tribunal what takes months if they accept it you get basic esa till tribunal long wait but don’t go on uc if you do you can’t go back on esa ever 
  • Dotty123Dotty123 Member Posts: 492 Pioneering
    No I can’t use hands but they gave me 0 points 
  • thespicemanthespiceman Member Posts: 6,408 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @danny1986   Pleased to meet you .

    Please can I suggest have a look on our website. For further information. I know your housebound you could ask a friend to help you or any one who is supporting you.

    I know you be anxious and I can understand that.  Having completed many .

    All I know is that we are here to support you.  To give you reassurance.

    Any thing else please ask .  Some one will know from our team or a member of our community.

    Take care.

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  • danny1986danny1986 Member Posts: 54 Connected
    edited August 2019
    ok thanks im just concerned if they just taking everyone off or   if   they being fair im a bit confused and no one seems too have any good experience with it 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    HI,

    They aren't taking benefits off everyone, although it seems that way when looking at internet forums because you mostly only read to bad stories. Lots of people successfully claim these benefits without any problems at all.

    The work capability assessment is about the work you can do and not the work you can't do and this is what they'll assess you on.

    You need to fill out the form with as much information as possible and send evidence with it to support your claim. Most people have face to face assessments so expect one of those too.

    You must make sure your form is returned no later than the date stated in the letter. failure to return it by this date and you risk being found fit for work for failing to return the form. There's no extension of time for returning the ESA form.

    If the worst happens and you're found fit for work and you claim housing benefit then please don't worry. You can definitely claim this through filling out a nil income form.
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  • thespicemanthespiceman Member Posts: 6,408 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello  @danny1986 Thank you for the reply.

    I do understand that you have a lot of concerns.

    Understand your confusion.  Please if you can speak to some one about helping you.

    Look on our website or look at CAB website might explain what you need to do and answer.

    Please I know there is a lot of negativity around ESA. I know that myself but to reassure you have had positive results and outcomes as well.

    Hope that helps you.

    Please take care.

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  • April2018momApril2018mom Posts: 2,869 Member
    edited August 2019
    This is normal. I get those forms in the post. Answer all of the questions honestly. This is your opportunity to tell DWP how your impairment affects your ability to work. Make the most of it. Try not to worry. 
    This is a long form. Remember to take breaks and ask for assistance if needed. Make sure you understand each question. Read all of the questions carefully. Use the boxes provided to describe the nature of your condition or impairment.
    CAB has more information here that will help
    https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/sick-or-disabled-people-and-carers/employment-and-support-allowance/help-with-your-esa-claim/fill-in-form/
    Give examples. For example if you have a physical impairment, talk about what happens when you stand up or try moving around for instance. Mention any aids or equipment you use at home as well. 
  • danny1986danny1986 Member Posts: 54 Connected
    ok thanks for your response em hopefully it work out I cant even get in the bath and need help too walk across the room so hopefully    that's enough for them 
  • danny1986danny1986 Member Posts: 54 Connected
    also how long does the whole process take 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    There's no timescales. It depends on backlog in your area but expect a face to face assessment because most have them.
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  • danny1986danny1986 Member Posts: 54 Connected
    ok thanks I think I would prefer that anyway that way they can see how bad I am 
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,653 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @danny1986 and welcome to the community! I hope the review goes okay and that you don't need to wait too long.

    If there is anything else we can help with then please do let us know! :)
    Scope

  • danny1986danny1986 Member Posts: 54 Connected
    im just reading through the website but if I generally cant even stand  do you think I have anything too worry about are they giving people a fair chance ???   thanks in advance 
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,653 Disability Gamechanger
    The review will go through your needs and assess your ability to work. It will be about meeting the criteria rather than being fair. I really do hope it goes well :)
    Scope

  • danny1986danny1986 Member Posts: 54 Connected
    ok thanks I should be ok then as im completely house bound thanks for ur kind words 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    danny1986 said:
    im just reading through the website but if I generally cant even stand  do you think I have anything too worry about are they giving people a fair chance ???   thanks in advance 
    Take a look at the ESA descriptors for each of the groups. Are you currently in a group already or on assessment rate?

    Do be aware that for the mobilising descriptor they will take into consideration your ability to use a self propel wheelchair.





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  • danny1986danny1986 Member Posts: 54 Connected
    ok thanks I take a look im worried sick if im honest I don't know how I manage if I lose it 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Are you currently in one of the groups? if so which group are you in?
    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.
  • danny1986danny1986 Member Posts: 54 Connected
    em sorry I don't understand I on esa and I beleave im in the support group ??? if that's what you mean 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    There's 2 groups for ESA..WRAG or Support Group. If you're in the Support Group, it will be worth knowing the reasons why you were placed into the group at your previous assessment. If those reasons still apply then concentrate on those.

    I realise just how stress the work capability assessment is. I was reviewed for this last November and yes, like yourself i was worried sick too. For me ESA is always the worst assessment.

    All you can do right now is put as much information on the form as possible and send any relevant evidence you have with the form. Do make sure it's returned on time though.

    Hopefully there's nothing to worry about and a decision will go in your favour. 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.
  • danny1986danny1986 Member Posts: 54 Connected
    I was put in the support group due too my diaabilitys    and not being able too attend meetings at job centre due too being house bound I not left the house in like 3 years 
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