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My ESA has been stopped

I got a letter today to say my ESA has stopped. I had a fall last year and was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis with associated pars defect and bilateral neural stenosis at L4/L5, I've been on courses and continue to pursue voluntary work. The latter being rejected by my local Jobcentre which is ironic as they're meant to help people get back to work. Any advice as to where I can get help to sort this out?

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,251 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    Have you recently had an assessment and been found fit for work? or has your ESA stopped because you were claiming Contribution based ESA which is time limited to 365 days, unless you're placed into the support group.
    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
  • Aisaiah7mumAisaiah7mum Member Posts: 9 Listener
    Hi Poppy123456,
    The letter states that I didn't get the 15 points needed. I'm confused as my situation has worsened and the assessor wrote that I was clean and presentable. Am I meant to be dirty and unkempt and screaming in pain? 
  • pigeon55pigeon55 Member Posts: 116 Courageous
    I had much similar in Feb 17. My esa was stopped afteraining 365 days due to contributon based. That was the first thing I new of the different types of esa. I had just sent in my fit for work note and all my new medical evidence as I have a degenerative desease of the spine and arthritis in all myour joints 2 have been replaced up to yet. The dwp confirmed I have 20 % disability in my spine as I recive a disembelament payments. I also recive pip. I told them all this to no avail before Feb 17 when my esa ran out. I was then sent for a reassessment to wich I scored 0 points at all as the assessor wrote everything to suit there side of the story ie very smart pleasant looked happy walked into the assessment room with me carrying large bag joke I had 4 picees of paper in envelope. Then when it came to the physical part of the assessment she said I didn't see you walk in with that stick to my amazement she wrote on the assessment I completed all movements she requested with ease wich is a total joke. I had a reassessment wich they agreed with the first one this came about as I was told by the esa to do nothing so they made their dession on the first assessment. I now have a independent court case on 7th July worder how they would feal loosing that payment for 18 months it has so much depression and anxiety to add to my titnus. I think they make it up to suit themselves. I have gp letter to confirm I'm not fit for work letters from my sycologist and joint specialist at hospitals yet they take more notice of a nurse. Sorry for my rant hope things go right for you quicker than they have for me.
  • Aisaiah7mumAisaiah7mum Member Posts: 9 Listener
    Don't apologise for ranting to injustice needs to be shared so others don't fall into the same trap. So sorry you're having to endure such dishonesty on top of your illness. Good luck with your court case hope you get the positive outcome, back payment and the overdue apology.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,251 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi Poppy123456,
    The letter states that I didn't get the 15 points needed. I'm confused as my situation has worsened and the assessor wrote that I was clean and presentable. Am I meant to be dirty and unkempt and screaming in pain? 
    If you disagree with the decision then you have 28 days to request the MR, you'll need to put this in writing stating what you disagree with and which group you think you should be in.

    Did you send in evidence to support your claim? The onus is on you to make sure it's sent because they rarely contact anyone for this.

    WRAG descriptors here.

    support group here.




    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
  • Aisaiah7mumAisaiah7mum Member Posts: 9 Listener
    I carried additional letters regarding my back to support what is going on also I had pending appointments which i disclosed to them too. Going to try get help writing letter to request mandatory reconsideration 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,251 Disability Gamechanger
    Future appointments aren't classed as evidence and don't really mean anything.
    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
  • Aisaiah7mumAisaiah7mum Member Posts: 9 Listener
    Thank you for the information 
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