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Can I Get ESA

I used to get ESA but it was stopped over a year ago after I had a medical even though I am registered disabled have a mobility car and unable to walk unaided.  I could only drive short distances and found public transport very difficult to use.  I  am in pain daily and take prescribed pain relief each day.  My question is in February this year I had a brain aneurysm and a bleed on the brain.  I have had to surrender my driving licence although I am one of the lucky ones because I survived and will I hope make a good recovery at present I am unable to walk unless I use a walker I have brought a mobility scooter to use outside I get tired and am now under the hospital in London.  I would find it very hard to attend a medical at the present time as I am not allowed to drive and a taxi cost me £90.00 the last time I went for a medical money which I no longer have. 

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  • Pippa_Alumni
    Pippa_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,799 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @JennG, and a warm welcome to the community!

    Thanks for sharing this with us. In terms of whether you may be eligible, an online benefits calculator may be a good place to start. If you do decide to make an application, it may be that you can request a home assessment if you struggle to leave the house. Best of luck, and do keep us updated!
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 24,836 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    As you have been found fit for work previously then applying again for ESA will only be possible for a completely different condition or a worsening of an existing condition. Otherwise you can't reapply.

    If either of the above apply to you then it will also depend on circumstances. Do you live with a partner that works? Household income affects any means tested benefits you can claim.

    You will also need to see what's in your area, if it a full universal credit area then you won't be able to claim ESA Income related, it will be universal credit you'll have to claim. Check your area by using this link. http://ucpostcode.entitledto.co.uk/ucdate

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