Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
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I’m new, hi all :)

I am just starting the “New Style” ESA, can I ask what the process is please and do I need to have an assessment?, and how long does it take to get paid, I’m worried about this as nobody has really told me what happens. 
Thanks in advance.  :)

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

    First payment should be in about 3 weeks. It’s £73.10 per week and it’s paid fortnightly. You need a fit note from your GP and you must continue to see them until you’re assessed and a decision is made in your claim.

    You will eventually be sent a work capability assessment form, which must be filled in and returned with all your evidence. Once it’s received you’ll most likely need a face to face assessment because most people have them.

    If the decision is Support Group (LCWRA) then you’ll receive £111.65 per week from the 14th week of your claim. It is also paid indefinitely for as long as you remain in that group.

    If the decision is WRAG (LCW) then you won’t receive and extra money and your money is limited to 365 days, then it stops. 

    If If the decision is fit for work your money stops. If you’re not happy with the decision you’ll have 1 month to request the MR. 

    Hope this helps. 
    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.
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @lisagr and a warm welcome to the community! I hope Poppy has been able to help and please do let us know if you have any further questions. :)
    Community Partner
    Scope

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  • AilsAils Member Posts: 2,268 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @lisagr and welcome to the Community.  :smile:
    Winner of the Scope New Volunteer Award 2019.   :)
  • lisagrlisagr Member Posts: 2 Listener
    Thank you so much for all of your help poppy, I’ve been trying to get information for weeks and got nowhere, so a massive thanks to you, it has certainly eased my mind. Thank you all for your kind welcomes to this. It’s just so great to be around people like myself. Hope you all have a fantastic day xx
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    You're very welcome :)
    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.
  • Joanne_ScopeJoanne_Scope Scope helpline, Scope adviser Posts: 190 Pioneering
    Hi @lisagr,

    Welcome to the Community.

    I hope that your New Style ESA claim goes smoothly!

    Will you need to claim for help with anything else such as rent?
    Joanne 
    Scope
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