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beeman1200beeman1200 Member Posts: 31 Connected
I have a terrible suspicion that they have sanctioned at me I went to the meeting at the Jobcentre in July
but the Jobcentre was closed due to covid-19 
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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    HI,

    It's highly unlikely they would have. If they had then you would have known by now because your payments would have decreased. It's now October so you should have been paid a few times since July.

    What makes you think you've been sanctioned?
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  • beeman1200beeman1200 Member Posts: 31 Connected
    reduce payment on Wong day nothing on normal day Thurs ie £149 on wed instead of £207.8 on thurs
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Check your statement it will have a break down of exactly what elements you receive and the deductions.

    Do you work at all? Have you taken out a loan from DWP? £207 is a fair amount short of any of the standard allowances. Do you receive payment once a month or fortnightly?
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  • beeman1200beeman1200 Member Posts: 31 Connected
    every 2 weeks no loans taken out from DWP

  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    edited October 2020
    Sorry, i was thinking you're claiming Universal Credit. You will need to ring DWP to ask because they are the only ones that can tell you why your payment was reduced and why was it paid on a different day to your usual payment day.

    The number you need to ring is 0800 169 0310 but do be aware that you could be on hold for quite a while.

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  • beeman1200beeman1200 Member Posts: 31 Connected
    ESA were told I made a universal credit application which I never made
  • beeman1200beeman1200 Member Posts: 31 Connected
    done that see above
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    edited October 2020
    Are you 100% sure you didn't submit a claim for UC? This is the link to apply https://www.gov.uk/apply-universal-credit I've heard of stories where people think they were doing a benefits check when they actually applied because they submitted the claim.

    Even if you had applied you said your payment wasn't the usual amount. When you apply for UC your ESA will continue with it's normal payments for 2 week.

    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.
  • beeman1200beeman1200 Member Posts: 31 Connected
    I have never apply for on Universal Credit when I ESA was cut off in January last year I did a mandatory reconsideration and got it back in March and they said it would continue at no point did I say I wanted to go onto universal credit
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    When you "got it back" in March had payments continued to paid as normal since then? When was the last time you received a payment from ESA?




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  • beeman1200beeman1200 Member Posts: 31 Connected
    15 October this year
  • beeman1200beeman1200 Member Posts: 31 Connected
    and we'd 28 reduce and not today's I was expecting it
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    It has been known for scammers to claim UC in someone else's name, have a read of this link here.

    All i can suggest you do is ring ESA again and tell them that you didn't make a claim for UC, ask them who claimed it on your behalf.

    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.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Do you receive housing benefit? If so have you received any letters regarding this stopping?
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  • beeman1200beeman1200 Member Posts: 31 Connected
    ESA have decided that it was a fraud application from somebody who made a claim on using my details now investigating and I will get a phone call from the fraud  people today or tomorrow
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Wow that was quick, did they tell you this, this morning?
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  • beeman1200beeman1200 Member Posts: 31 Connected
    yes 53 mins on phone
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    I'm glad that it's being sorted, the more you said the more obvious it become. They should now reinstate your ESA but do let us know the outcome.
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  • beeman1200beeman1200 Member Posts: 31 Connected
  • beeman1200beeman1200 Member Posts: 31 Connected
    the letter say I required to claim universal benefit
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Although you didn't claim it. If you're claiming help with your rent from housing benefit then you should also ring them because your housing benefit will very likely stop as well.
    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.
  • beeman1200beeman1200 Member Posts: 31 Connected
  • beeman1200beeman1200 Member Posts: 31 Connected
    My brother went to my MP who is leader of the house whosent a letter to the Secretary of State for DWP and I  got a phone call today very apologetic saying that my ESA was reinstated and and I would be paid the money I was owed this week
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    That's good to hear. Thanks for the update :)
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  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Posts: 4,010

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    Great stuff, thanks for sharing @beeman1200
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  • beeman1200beeman1200 Member Posts: 31 Connected
    Sent me a ESA50 form to fill in again at least I'll be able to put something on about my autism this time
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Remember to put as much relevant information as possible about how your conditions affect you. It's not about a diagnosis.

    Face to face assessments are still suspended and telephone assessments have replaced them. If an assessment is needed and they can't get all the information from just a telephone assessment you will need to wait until face to face assessments are back up and running again.

    Good luck.
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  • beeman1200beeman1200 Member Posts: 31 Connected
  • beeman1200beeman1200 Member Posts: 31 Connected
    Have a ESA telephone assessment on Tuesday recommendations please about how should approach it and can I have a friend present to help me?
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    If you kept a copy of the form before sending it back have a read of that before your assessment to remind yourself what you wrote, part of the assessment will be for you to verify what you wrote in the form. The other part will be for them to gather any other information they need so it will depend on how your conditions affect a typical day for you. Questions will obvious vary from person to person and no one can tell you exactly what they will ask.

    Yes, you can have a friend with you during the assessment and you'll be able to put the phone onto loud speaker. The assessment can last anything from 20 to 120 minutes.

    Good luck.
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  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Posts: 4,010

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    Very best of luck @beeman1200 :) Please do let us know how it goes! 
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  • beeman1200beeman1200 Member Posts: 31 Connected
    ESA phone 40 minutes after my appointment time and my friend had already left so I'm they have been forced to reschedule it for next week Tuesday Wednesday Thursday in the afternoon their fault they rang 40 minutes late
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    I'd advise you to make sure your friend can arrange to stay longer with you the next time, just incase this happens again. The telephone assessment appointments are the same as any other appointment and the time they ring could be later than the time they gave you because the previous appointment may have lasted longer, or there could have been other delays for one reason or another.

    I realise this doesn't help any anxiety but delays happen. Hopefully the next appointment will go ahead. Good luck.
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  • beeman1200beeman1200 Member Posts: 31 Connected
    all done I was moved to the support group £260.50 every 2 weeks
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,924

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    That's great news @beeman1200! :)
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