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New style ESA advice needed

vivienne1vivienne1 Member Posts: 18 Connected
Hi I have a couple of questions that I need to ask about new style ESA, I hope someone can help. My husband recently died and I haven't coped very well including a suicide attempt so I took my ESA 50 form to the CAB for assistance filling it in but the person dealing with it is off sickand they've lost it! Can I ask for a new form and an extension on the date for returning as they cant give mean appointment before it's due back.

Also, how long is it between returning the form and getting your assessment? At this assessment should I tell them that I hope to return to work when I am coping better (my job has been kept open for me) or just tell them how I'm affected just now. I am getting my civil service pension early on financial hardship grounds, do I need to tell them? I wasn't sure as I'm not on a means tested benefit.

The other thing is they told me to just upload my sicklines but where do I do that? 

Many thanks.


  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger

    Are you saying you took the form to your local CAB and left it there?

    You will not be able to get an extension for returning the work capability assessment form and it must be returned no later than the date stated. If it's not returned by that date then you risk being found fit for work for failing to return the form.

    Here's a link that will allow you to download the form and print it off. There will not be enough of time to ring and ask for another form to be sent to you because of the 4 week deadline for it to be returned.

    There's no timescales for waiting times for assessments after returning the form, some wait a couple of weeks and other wait several months.

    Evidence needs to be sent with the form when you return it because they rarely contact anyone for this. The onus is on you to make sure its sent to support your claim. During the assessment you'll be assessed on your ability to do any type of work and not just your current job.

    When filling out the form you should put as much detail as possible about how your conditions affect you. The more information you tell them the better it will be for you.

    Your pension is not counted for New style ESA unless it's more than £85 per week, if it's more than this then your ESA will be reduced. You still need to tell them that you're claiming this pension and all changes need to be reported.

    Fit notes to be sent until a decision's been made on your claim, if you don't continue to send them then your ESA payments will be suspended until the are sent. Send it here https://www.gov.uk/send-fit-note

    Hope this helps.

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  • vivienne1vivienne1 Member Posts: 18 Connected
    Thanks poppy, that's everything I needed to know answered perfectly.

    Yes, the form was left with the CAB. They asked me to prepare part of it and hand it in before my appointment with them but when I went today they couldn't find it and told me to re arrange with a new form as no one in did benefit work.
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