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ESA Assessor's Report

JurphJurph Member Posts: 346 Pioneering
Hello! I had a F2F 3 weeks ago. I've been on ESA for a year and this is my first review.

I called the DWP today to get the assessor's report and was told I can't have a copy until the decision has been made.

Is that true? It seems crazy that I can't see what has been written about me until they tell me if I'm fit for work or not.

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  • Government_needs_reformGovernment_needs_reform Member Posts: 859 Pioneering
    edited July 2019
    That's true ESA has to have the decision made first before they will send it out. A pain I know.

    PIP you can ask for it a couple of days after the assessment, unless your in NI.
    ⬇️
    I created one of the campaign election videos for Labour, and Jeremy Corbyn,
    This is a new version of Emeli Sande, Hope "You Are Not Alone
    I highlighted everything that's wrong with this country from benefits, NHS, UC etc, but now we have to put up with the hate now that is the Tories. 

    You can see the video here.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=P5o8hRHh9IY


  • JurphJurph Member Posts: 346 Pioneering
    That's true ESA has to have the decision made first before they will send it out. A pain I know.

    PIP you can ask for it a couple of days after the assessment, unless your in NI.
    Thank you! I guess now, I wait.
  • Government_needs_reformGovernment_needs_reform Member Posts: 859 Pioneering
    You welcome @Jurph it's horrible having to wait.

    I hope it goes well for you... Must ask you had a review for ESA a year later, what group was you in. WCA or LCWRA.
    ⬇️
    I created one of the campaign election videos for Labour, and Jeremy Corbyn,
    This is a new version of Emeli Sande, Hope "You Are Not Alone
    I highlighted everything that's wrong with this country from benefits, NHS, UC etc, but now we have to put up with the hate now that is the Tories. 

    You can see the video here.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=P5o8hRHh9IY


  • JurphJurph Member Posts: 346 Pioneering
    @Government_needs_reform it was the support group - the one where I don't attend meetings.

    I'm currently appealing a PIP decision so my anxiety is through the roof.
  • Government_needs_reformGovernment_needs_reform Member Posts: 859 Pioneering
    edited July 2019
    Yes @Jurph I get how the Support Group Works, But Thanks.
    Your  appealing PIP hope it goes okay.

    Reason for asking you, is it seems a little quick to have had another review, I do know they can review anytime after 3 months...

    I'm in SG too and always had 3 years or more, the longest fast over 5 years.

    I'm reckoning it maybe something their doing so when UC hits they can clobber people.

    Im on ESA, PIP with SDP and my last ESA was done September 18, So this will be interesting when I get a review even though they stated on my ESA85A in the longer term which normally equates to 3 years.

    ⬇️
    I created one of the campaign election videos for Labour, and Jeremy Corbyn,
    This is a new version of Emeli Sande, Hope "You Are Not Alone
    I highlighted everything that's wrong with this country from benefits, NHS, UC etc, but now we have to put up with the hate now that is the Tories. 

    You can see the video here.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=P5o8hRHh9IY


  • JurphJurph Member Posts: 346 Pioneering
    @Government_needs_reform I found it a little odd as when I first asked them how long the award was for - they said it was ongoing. 
  • Government_needs_reformGovernment_needs_reform Member Posts: 859 Pioneering
    Technically @Jurph ESA is indefinite. But they mostly give people in the SG a minimum of after 2 years up-to 3 years but mine have always gone over the 3 years.

    I do find it rather strange now that SG claimants can get a year before a review?

    The WRAG group is normally a maximum of 2 years.

    When my PIP was done from DLA that states ongoing, in affect 10 years. But again I have also heard some people are being reviewed earlier in the 10 years.

    They are playing some very strange games that's for sure.
    ⬇️
    I created one of the campaign election videos for Labour, and Jeremy Corbyn,
    This is a new version of Emeli Sande, Hope "You Are Not Alone
    I highlighted everything that's wrong with this country from benefits, NHS, UC etc, but now we have to put up with the hate now that is the Tories. 

    You can see the video here.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=P5o8hRHh9IY


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


    It did indeed used to be the case where you had to wait for the decision to be made before sending it out. Totally different now and they will send it before a decision is made, lots of people receive it.

    My last ESA reassessment was in October 2018 and i received my report before the decision was made. Yes, they do seem to make their own rules up sometimes and some will agree to send it, some won't. Try ringing again to speak to someone different and they'll most likely agree to send it to you.

    The re-assessment rules are the same and they can re-assess you anytime from 3 months, this means lots of people are re-assessed as soon as 6 months to 1 year. Personally, it's usually between 2-3 years for me.

    Hopefully you're not waiting too long for the decision, good luck.


    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.
  • JurphJurph Member Posts: 346 Pioneering
    Thanks @poppy123456

    I got last year's report just fine. I'm always amazed by the way they continually move the goal posts.

    I hope it's not too long either. I've had enough of the DWP!
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    They do move them sometimes yes but the rules for receiving the assessment report before a decision's been made haven't changed for quite some time.

    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.
  • JurphJurph Member Posts: 346 Pioneering
    Good news - my decision letter came today and I've stayed in the Support Group.

    I will ask for the report again next week.

    Now I can focus my energy on my PIP tribunal
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,968

    Scope community team

    Great news @Jurph! Must be a huge relief. 
    Best of luck with your PIP tribunal, do you have a date for this yet?
    Senior Community Partner
    Scope
  • JurphJurph Member Posts: 346 Pioneering
    @Adrian_Scope

    Sorry for the delay in replying. I've been a but stressed.

    It's the 14th August.
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,968

    Scope community team

    That's completely understandable @Jurph! Do you have anyone supporting you with the appeal?
    Fingers crossed it's as successful as your ESA.
    Senior Community Partner
    Scope
  • JurphJurph Member Posts: 346 Pioneering
    @Adrian_Scope I had someone read through my reasons for appeal. 

    Me too. I've waiting 18 months for this. The stress is making me ill. I can't wait for it to be over with.
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