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Hi, my name is Dwalt! I was on ESA and started to work but had to go back to ESA

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Dwalt
Dwalt Community member Posts: 3 Listener
I wonder if someone could help me, I was on ESA and started to work for almost a month and a half, however I was not feeling well and try to come back to my ESA again but DWP is saying that I am no longer entitled to my old ESA, and koto qualified for new style either, Its been more than two months now and don't know what to do?? Can someone advise...
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  • Libby_Alumni
    Libby_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 1,251 Pioneering
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    Hey @Dwalt

    Welcome to the community, it's great to have you here with us :) 

    I'm sorry to hear about your current situation, I can imagine that it's caused a lot of stress and uncertainty. I'm not too familiar with this process, so I'm not too sure on how to advise you on next steps. However, some of our members have great knowledge about benefits and specifically ESA, so I'm sure someone will be able to offer some advice and support. 

    It might be worthwhile contacting the job centre plus to ask about reporting a change in circumstances (i.e., a change in health status)? Have you already done this?

    I will also move your comment into our Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) section, in the hope that some of our members will respond to your query. 

    If you have any other questions in the meantime, please don't hesitate to get in contact with us.

    Libby
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  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community member Posts: 16,153 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi @Dwalt - & welcome to the community. If you received income related ESA, then instead of being able to go back to this, as it has been replaced by Universal Credit, then a claim for the latter is possible depending on your circumstances, & that of any partner, if that's applicable.
    If you were on contribution based ESA, then there's a 12 week 'linking rule' that means you should be able to link back to your previous ESA claim. Please see: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2013/379/regulation/86/made
  • Dwalt
    Dwalt Community member Posts: 3 Listener
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    Many thanks 😊 and very helpful 
  • Ross_Alumni
    Ross_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,652 Disability Gamechanger
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    Welcome to the community @Dwalt

    I am glad that you found the responses above helpful, I look forward to seeing you hopefully getting involved around the community :) 
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  • Dwalt
    Dwalt Community member Posts: 3 Listener
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    Thank you, The advice I was given was reassurance as I was told the same thing from Citizens Advice on the phone, however I protested as I got a response around the beginning of in November 2021 from DWP that I am not qualified for new style ESA and still following it up by asking mandatory reconsideration and every time I call and ask why a decision is not made under the 12 week linking rule been told I will hear from them and now nearly three months no reply, so I really don't know what to do at this stage as I don’t have a written response from DWP for me to appeal in tribunal. I am suffering financially, physically mentally and does not help my medical condition.
    Still any idea out there would be helpful.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,985 Disability Gamechanger
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    If your ESA was all Income Related then the 12 week linking rules won't apply. They will only apply if any part of your ESA was Contributions based.
    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.
  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
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    If you were getting contribution based ESA you should still pursue new style ESA as a linked claim but have you checked whether or not you are entitled to UC? You can claim both new style ESA and UC at the same time. Note that applying for UC will end any Housing Benefit or Tax Credits you receive so if you are receiving those you may want to get a full benefits check carried out.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
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