Lost my ESA, now struggling. — Scope | Disability forum

Lost my ESA, now struggling.

Leonie Member Posts: 1 Listener
edited October 2017 in Work and employment
I lost my ESA when I moved in with my partner a year ago so now he is financially responsible for me. I've tried to go back to work part time but it's such a painful struggle, I can't keep it up. It's also causing financial strain on our relationship. What to do? 


  • dogfather
    dogfather Member Posts: 61 Connected
    Hi I sorry to hear you lost your ESA, what type of ESA were you awarded, contribution based or income based ESA. 
    Which group were you put in for ESA? Work related activity group or the support group. I think the work related activity group is only awarded for a year. If you are placed in the support group this can be an in definite award. 
    Has your condition changed? Can you reapply for ESA after a certain length of time? 
    Its may be worthwhile speaking to your local CAB to discuss the options that are available to you. 
  • Matilda
    Matilda Member Posts: 2,590 Disability Gamechanger
    And/or post in 'Ask a benefits advisor' category.
  • rebeccahinton2
    rebeccahinton2 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    I was awarded esa I recently went to an assesment and my esa was stopped 7 weeks ago I was in the work related group I cant understand it since being on esa I have accumulated new illnesses and my mobility is worse a specialist advised me to walk pain as painful as it is I was given an assistance dog to help with this
  • mary545
    mary545 Member Posts: 3 Listener
    The government have destroyed the lives of sick and disabled people. 
  • Pippa_Alumni
    Pippa_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,793 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Leonie, I'm so sorry to hear this; it sounds like the process has been realy tough on you and your partner. I've moved this post to the Ask an Employment Advisor category, to see if they have any advice they can offer you.

    Alternatively, feel free to give the Scope helpline a ring at 0800 800 3333 if you'd prefer to speak to somebody on the phone.