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Waiting 3 years for assessment

Hi all, long one. My partner became ill 3 years ago. He put a claim for esa and pip. He receives high rate pip for daily and mobility. He was awarded esa and we never heard anything from them other than we have sent sick notes for 3 years (thought it was normal) I have recently discovered its not. I rang esa and they said they dont know what's happened. We have been on the Assesment stage for 3 years hes never had an assesment nor been placed in a group. He is still not fit for work. They sent a work capability form which they received back 3 weeks ago. Just wondered has anyone been in this situation? Also how long to get an assessment date after sending form. Thanks :)


  • wilkowilko Member Posts: 2,353 Disability Gamechanger
    @s_1992, this is most odd and needn’t have happened had you followed up having been awarded PIP  and your post states your husband was awarded ESA but no award rate given or indication of a pending assessment. I had my first PIP assessment and was waiting for my ESA assessment. On applying for transportation to the assessment center I was informed that the assessment was not required as I was placed into the support group. I was awarded standard rate for mobility and daily living in PIP, I assume they had confirmation of my illness diagnosis and made the decision to place me in the support group. I think you could or should make a formal complaint and there could be if proven that the DWP have been at fault by their inaction in dealing with your claim and application for ESA compensation for benefits not paid that would have been if the application had been delt with in the proper and correct way.
  • woodbinewoodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 4,428 Disability Gamechanger
    One of those areas where it can pay to involve your MP, you might be surprised that when an MP tells the DWP to jump there usual reply is "how high" ?
    "Putting a child into care, isn't caring for a child" (T.Rhattigan)
  • s_1992s_1992 Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Hi @wilko thank you. We did not know how esa worked and presumed he had been awarded due to doctors evidence but I'm guessing they never even spoke to them. We also thought sending sick notes was just what you do. We have sent them every month for 3 years and they have never even noticed till I rang last month. They was very shocked and could not understand how this had happened. Just hoping it does not all take too long now. Sent the form back quickly and they received it 3 weeks ago this Thursday. @woodbine thank you. Will see how it goes. Someone did call personally to say they do not know what has happened and they apologised. So hopefully it will get sorted. 
  • s_1992s_1992 Member Posts: 3 Listener
    edited March 15
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 6,563 Disability Gamechanger
    Well known issue that’s on the rise and for which DWP are making little apology. You’ll need a letter before action. Vague recall CPAG have one ready to go. Your MP is very unlikely to help. 
  • jimbob21190jimbob21190 Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Hi this happened to me was over 18 months i hadnt a clue i had to swap over to universal credit as my contributions ran out and worked off better off on there had a assement from them and woke up with 3500 back pay off esa in my bank one day n back on esa before even got letter :) 
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