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Is there anything I can do to forestall another stressful ESA review in a year's time?

spb1612
spb1612 Member Posts: 21 Connected
In April 2019 my ESA was reviewed, following a WCA I was awarded a further three years until April 2022. 

I was not aware at the time that I could have challenged the length of the award by requesting a mandatory reconsideration (MR), I find the ESA reviews and the WCA and the hassle of completing the form most stressful and unnecessary in my case, the prognosis of my condition is getting worse and I have recently been diagnosed with severe coronary heart disease.

I have been on IB/ESA for over 15 years.

Is there anything I can do to forestall another stressful ESA review in a year's time?

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  • Cher_Inactive
    Cher_Inactive Posts: 4,414

    Scope community team

    Hello @spb1612 and apologies that you didn't initially get a response to this post.

    Unfortunately, ESA is not my specialist area however I'll speak to a member of staff more about your query and get back to you with a reply asap.  
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  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,351 Disability Gamechanger
    @spb1612 the good news is that you will have most of this year hassle free, there isn't of course anyway of avoiding a review although they can often be later than normal in part due to CV19, it's a case of if you want/need the benefit(s) you have to jump through the hoops as we all do, I know that's not probably what you want to heart's just how it is.
    Only advice would be to take time to research online everything you can about ESA and the WCA.
    I am a person with epilepsy not an epileptic, my illness doesn't define me.

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