Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
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wildlifewildlife Member Posts: 1,314 Pioneering
On my son's ESA85 which was a good, factual report the assessor wrote in the LCW and LCWRA Information section "The client was found to meet the criteria for Limited Cability for Work and Work Related Activity". Was she saying he should be in the WRAG or Support Group?    

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    That's Support Group.
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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Limited capability for work is WRAG.
    Community champion and 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.
  • wildlifewildlife Member Posts: 1,314 Pioneering
    Sorry still confused. So it would have said just "limited capability for work" if she was putting him in the WRAG group and not the whole statement?
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Yes limited capability for work (LCW) is WRAG. limited capability for work related activity (LCWRA) is support group.
    Community champion and 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.
  • wildlifewildlife Member Posts: 1,314 Pioneering
    Thank-you, very pleased with the decision but regret that since receiving the assessment report I thought he was going into the LCW group which caused a lot of stress. Do they send out the statement of reasons separately whether you ask for it or not or do you have to ring to ask for it? 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    No problem. They changed the wording quite some time ago and now use LCW and LCWRA instead of WRAG or Support Group.

    Statement of reasons is only sent out after a Tribunal. The ESA85 is the assessment report which is all you can receive from the assessment. It's very rare for them to go against that report, so try to relax. The next thing you'll receive is just a based decision letter saying which group they've been placed into. There's no award length of time on the ESA decision letter either.

    I recently had my ESA review and requested the report from my assessment. Recommendations in my report were also for LCWRA and of course the decision went with the report.
    Community champion and 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.
  • BenistmonkBenistmonk Member Posts: 343 Pioneering
    They changed the wording cos a lot of people were losing their wrag. :)
  • wildlifewildlife Member Posts: 1,314 Pioneering
    I've got the assessors report and the decision letter. It says in the DWP decision letter that i can ask for a written statement of reasons for the decision "if we have not already sent one". i just wanted it for my son's records in case a decision in the future went against him. They used to have the reasoning in the decision letter but I guess I can leave it for now. Thanks for taking the time to reply @Poppy123456. Much appreciated.
  • BenistmonkBenistmonk Member Posts: 343 Pioneering
    Other than to inform you that your claim has been successful, I don't think they bother giving reasons for that,  it is when they refuse claims, that's when the reports start.
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