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Decision Maker ignoring descriptors?

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LeeA380
LeeA380 Community member Posts: 59 Connected
When I had my ESA assessment, I clearly qualified for 15 points (at least) through the descriptors. However, I was awarded 0 points because the decision maker thought if I hired a wheelchair from the NHS then I wouldn't need to worry about pain or exhaustion and thus would make me more adaptable for the job market.

If "use a wheelchair instead" can be considered a professional response to any descriptor regardless of condition, then surely there is no need to have the descriptors in the first place? It's like a trick question.

Anyway, I appealed with the MR and was awarded over 15 points, so obviously someone agrees with me. Hopefully that decision maker has been re-trained since.

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,180 Disability Gamechanger
    edited October 2021
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    Part of the mobilising descritpor for the Support Group is using a manual wheel chair so no, it's not a trick  question.
    For some unknown reason it won't bring up the descriptors on benefits and work so i can't post the link.
    According to a previous thread of yours i see you were placed into the Support Group with a successful MR decision. https://forum.scope.org.uk/discussion/85371/successful-mr-for-esa-but-what-happens-next#latest
    Therefore, i don't understand the reason for your question.

    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
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