Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
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Hi all I filled in my esa form & had a f2f with the dwp i. Asked what date I should put in for claiming he said he didn't know so he went to find out. He came back & said the date I phoned up. Then I said what group I wud cum under he said he didn't know. I then asked where do I hand in my fit for work note in as it runs out 28/8 he said he didn't know!   &  no one in the office knew either. So when I got home I was on the phone for 51mins 20sec on hold to the esa help line. What a joke. Surely all employers shud know where to send in fit Notes 

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

    Looking back at your previous posts i see that you must have claimed New style ESA because your husband works? When did you start your claim please? was it recently? New Style ESA pays £73.10 per week assessment rate and is paid fortnightly. It can take 3-4 weeks for DWP to make a decision on your entitlement, once this is done they will write to you.

    An employer won't know where you hand in fit notes for a benefit claim.

    You'll need to continue to send your fit notes to DWP until a decision's been made on whether or not you have limited capability for work. For this you'll most likely have to have a face to face assessment with health assessment providers. They will then write a report and return it to DWP. A decision maker will look at the report and make a decision based on the recommendations in the report.
    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.
  • Bluey32Bluey32 Member Posts: 34 Connected
    Poppy123456
    I think youis understud me. It was a dwp employee that didn't know where I should take my sick note to. 
  • Bluey32Bluey32 Member Posts: 34 Connected
    I know I have 2 wait  weeks for a desission. My point was the lack of knowledge &  time wasting on the fone to get an answer to a simple question. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Advisers from DWP mostly read from a screen anything other than that they have little knowledge.
    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.
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