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Claiment Commitmnet New Style ESA contributuon based support group

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Florrie
Florrie Community member Posts: 14 Listener
Hello, 

I made a claim for contribution based ESA  November 2020. I was assessed in February and placed in the Support group. I thought that if you were in the support group on contribuion based the 1 year limit didn't apply.
I think it was due to be looked at again in Aug 2021 (when awared my husband called and asked how long the award was they said 6months from Feb 2021)

Anyway, I had an unexpected phone call to make an phone appointment with a work coach. They wanted to do the interview on the phone there and then but I had migraine so I couldn't. They sent a letter with an appointment, the letter says:



we have arranged an interview with a work coach, At this interview you will need to agree to do certain things to continue to get New Style ESA. This is known as your "claiment commitment". It will not include any work related activities

Once you have agreed your Claiment Commitment, your work coach can offer help and support if you would like to take part in work-related activities.

You must agree your commitments with your work coach. 
If you do not agree a Claiment Commitment you cannot continue to get New Style ESA


Does anyone know what this means?
Will I be being assessed?
Are they trying to move me to the work group?
What sort of things will I be expected to commit to?

thank you.

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,196 Disability Gamechanger
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    When you first claimed it was in the middle of the pandemic. Therefore all face to face appointments at your local job centre were stopped and this was the case for quite sometime.
    Now those appointments are back up and running again they are sending out appointments now and catching up with claimants. 
    You will need to attend that appointment, which will be to agree to your commitments, which will simply be for you to agree to report all changes of circumstances.
    You do not have to attend any further appointments after this and neither will you have to agree to any work related requirements because you are in the Support Group.
    This has nothing to do with moving you into the work related group.
    When you were advised the timescale was 6 months, this is just a guide and nothing more. The Support Group is an ongoing award until a new decision says otherwise.
    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.
  • Florrie
    Florrie Community member Posts: 14 Listener
    edited November 2021
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    When you first claimed it was in the middle of the pandemic. Therefore all face to face appointments at your local job centre were stopped and this was the case for quite sometime.
    Now those appointments are back up and running again they are sending out appointments now and catching up with claimants. 
    You will need to attend that appointment, which will be to agree to your commitments, which will simply be for you to agree to report all changes of circumstances.
    You do not have to attend any further appointments after this and neither will you have to agree to any work related requirements because you are in the Support Group.
    This has nothing to do with moving you into the work related group.
    When you were advised the timescale was 6 months, this is just a guide and nothing more. The Support Group is an ongoing award until a new decision says otherwise.
    Thank you for this. Initially it seems to be a telephone appointment with the work coach. I was worried I might need to go face to face appointmnet at some point, a few weeks ago my GP gave me a letter to say I am unable to attend any type of face to face appointment due to  my medical condition.
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