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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.  :)


  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 28,418 Disability Gamechanger

    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. 
  • Chloe_Scope
    Chloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,557 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. :)

  • Ails
    Ails Member Posts: 2,256 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @lisagr and welcome to the Community.  :smile:
    Winner of the Scope New Volunteer Award 2019.   :)
  • lisagr
    lisagr 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
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 28,418 Disability Gamechanger
    You're very welcome :)
  • Joanne_Alumni
    Joanne_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 188 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?


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