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DWP say I'm not due an ESA review but have sent me a form, what do I do?

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This discussion was created from comments split from: ESA SUPPORT GROUP REVIEWS.

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  • Jessie1234Jessie1234 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    dee4848 said:
    Hi does anyone know roughly how often support group gets reviewed .thanks 
    Hi everyone
    I am a new member, so please be patient if I go off the thread.

    I am in receipt of Income Related Esa support group, I was transferred from Incapacity to Esa in 2012 without a F2F assessment, all in all it took 5 weeks.   I was then invited to claim the new Pip in 2016 instead of the old Dla, at the same time I received another claim form for Esa and was awarded Esa without a F2F but had to attend a F2F for Pip of which I lost all of my mobility but kept the high rate care, all in all these took 11 weeks. I was awarded pip for 5 years the assessor stated on my Pip report that to be reviewed in 5 years and the prospect of my conditions improving at the date of a new review is very unlikely as to the amount of medication I am taking to help with my conditions i.e. Psychosis Depression and Anxiety.  I received another ESA claim form 12 weeks ago and still waiting for a decision wether it be for a paper based review or for a F2F.  My brother rang DWP and asked if they had made a decision as it`s been 12 weeks, now the CONFUSING BIT, DWP advisor stated that I was not due a new Esa50 claim form for another year and that my claim is ongoing and it`s probably a review and that I had been on it so long (years), she had nothing in the DWP system about the claim form I had completed and I shouldn`t have received the form, she stated I was not due for another year.  Does this mean that the DWP are correct or they just don`t know that the form is with a HCP ready for next year? I`m totally BAFFLED.

    I am hoping this does not BAFFLE you either.  Any comments would be much appreciated.
     
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Jessie1234 and a warm welcome to the community! It does seem odd to have been sent a review, to be told you are not due one! I'd advise ringing up again, just to clarify that this is the case. :)
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  • Jessie1234Jessie1234 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Thank you Chloe 

    Help is much appreciated on these DOMINANT  claim forms and assessments!!!!
  • Jessie1234Jessie1234 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    edited October 2019
    P.S.  Chloe_Scope the DWP advisor said that my Esa claim was an ongoing award???.
  • Joanne_ScopeJoanne_Scope Scope helpline, Scope adviser Posts: 190 Pioneering
    Hi @Jessie1234,

    Welcome to the Community! 

    That does sound confusing. I assume that you are still being paid your ESA?

    I think that as you have been in touch with the DWP already, all you can do is wait to see what happens with the ESA50 you have sent back.

    Hopefully they will do a paper assessment and leave things as they are.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
    Joanne 
    Scope
  • Jessie1234Jessie1234 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Hi Joanne_Scope
    Thank you, yes i am still getting paid Esa and i am thinking they have requested a year early as they sometimes do and as the Esa50 was sent automatically  from Maximus and not from DWP the DWP will not have it on their system untill the hear from Maximus?
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    All ESA claims are ongoing unless you claim Contributions based in the WRAG then they are limited to 365 days.

    Regardless of you not being due a review until next year, they can re-assess you anytime from 3 months. The time they tell you is just a guide and nothing more.

    I'm afraid all you can do is wait, you'll either have a face to face assessment or another paper based. Hopefully you won't be waiting to long but there's no timescales, it depends on backlog in your area.
    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.
  • kensplacekensplace Member Posts: 8 Listener
    I was told i would be left alone indefinately... The reviewed me I think it was in a year... They do waht they please.. ITs just guidance and they often ignore it... Always go for review, if they say you dont need on (over phone) get it in WRITING. Cover your back always.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    kensplace said:
    I was told i would be left alone indefinately... The reviewed me I think it was in a year... They do waht they please.. ITs just guidance and they often ignore it... Always go for review, if they say you dont need on (over phone) get it in WRITING. Cover your back always.
    Only those that are placed into the severe conditions group are never reassessed again. Very few people are placed into this group. Those that aren’t can be reassessed anytime from 3 months. 
    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.
  • jae377jae377 Member Posts: 27 Courageous
    Despite having a damaged spinal cord (i.e. incurable), heart failure and various other ailments, being reviewed for PIP and recently awarded highest rate for both element for 7 years. I  too was sent a form followed by a mandatory review interview.
    Filled in form pointing this out, also pointed out that I would need 2-3 years retraining to work professionally again but, I am due state pension in 5 months time.  Called for interview. Interviewer admitted that each of the 5 conditions listed by Southmead Hospital on covering letter qualified me in their own right for ESA so no problem, 
    Basically private company doing this work get circa £300 if they review you / interview you £70.00 if they do not. Unsurprisingly they review everyone. I suggested they may wish to park outside local supermarket next time in rains then interview all those on disabled bays who run in to shop !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
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