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Hi, my name is Jockey! My PIP's stopped and my ESA's been reduced. What can I do?

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Jockey
Jockey Community member Posts: 1 Listener
Hi I was getting standard pip and esa £344 fortnightly then when covid started my pip was passed thru then got a form threw the post and was late filling it in in the end my friend filled it in because I was ill I said don't send it till I've seen it but she sent it anyway before I knew it my pip was stopped and I don't even know what was put on the form when I eventually contacted the social they said I couldn't appeal and to top it all not long after my esa benefit was virtually cut in half to £180 a fortnight and that's what I am trying to live on is there anyone who knows what I can do I really can't live like this anymore and I'm not Joking feel like ending it I have never been in so much debt in my life before I'm really sorry for asking 

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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi and welcome to the community 

    Did you not have an assessment for pip after sending in the form 

    You can still appeal with mandatory reconsideration if it is less than 13 months since the decision if there is valid reason for it being late 

    I suggest you get some expert advice from welfare rights or an advice centre local to you 
  • Alex_Alumni
    Alex_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,561 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hello there @Jockey thanks for reaching out this morning, I'm really sorry to hear what's been happening.

    Turn2Us has lots of information on how to challenge a PIP decision, so please do have a read of that, you can also contact Advice Local to search for a professional adviser local to you. 

    Can I ask if you claim any other benefits, such as Housing Benefit? I just like to check because I says on the gov.uk website that:

    You’ll be placed into one of 2 groups if you’re entitled to ESA. If you’re able to get back into work in the future, you’ll be put into the work-related activity group. Otherwise, you’ll be put into the support group.

    You’ll get:

    • up to £77.00 a week if you’re in the work-related activity group
    • up to £117.60 a week if you’re in the support group
    For either of these, that makes less than £180 a fortnight, so I'd just like to make sure I understand fully :) 

    We'd like to offer you some additional support so please keep an eye out for an email from community@scope.org.uk a little later today. 

    Let us know if feel we can help further with anything, and we'll do what we can.

    Alex
    Online Community Coordinator
    Scope

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