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ESA support group

Can anyone tell me what happens if someone is placed in this group ? All I really know is that people don't have to attend job centre interviews. Do people in this group have to periodically fill in another ESA50 ( previously IB50) form and if so how often ?


  • mancat
    mancat Member Posts: 2 Listener
    Hi everyone, if my post wasn't quite clear I am referring to people placed in the ESA support group after being assessed. Thanks
  • CockneyRebel
    CockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,212 Disability Gamechanger
    All ESA claims are subject to review. ESA is an open ended award and reveiws can happen anytime from three months to three years for the support group
    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • rosie55
    rosie55 Member Posts: 40 Listener
    support group means u don.t have to go to back to work interviews and money a little higher then work related one x 
  • lixsharp13
    lixsharp13 Member Posts: 34 Connected
    Hi could anyone tell me how long it usually takes for an esa decision to be made? I had my health assesment 11 weeks ago. Thankyou in advance
  • rosie55
    rosie55 Member Posts: 40 Listener
    I would of thought you would of heard from them by now does probably depend on backlog .have you rung them for an update.x
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  • rosie6379
    rosie6379 Member Posts: 18 Connected
    Hey guys.....I have my assessment today and I'm super nervous. Does anyone have any tips for me? Thx
  • lixsharp13
    lixsharp13 Member Posts: 34 Connected
    Hi rosie55 
    How did it go today?
    I had mine 11 weeks ago and i rang them after 6 weeks to see if a decision had been made and was told i had been put in the support group therfore i wouldnt need to send anymore fit notes in and i would be grtting an increase in payment. So i was relieved about that. But the very next morning i got a letter asking me to send my 3rd fit note in. I presumed letters had crossed . But then after another 2 weeks when i still hadnt heatd anything i rang again. This time i was told the decision hadNOT been made. I asked how this could be and told them what i had been told 2 weeks earlier and was told the guy i spoke to must have misentetpreted it....and that was that. I was confused so rang again a few days later to ask why they had made this mistake and was told there was a note on my claim reccomending the support group from the assesor and thats what he misentrepeted but still no decision had been made. Ive rang again today and still no decision. Is it normal to take this long does anyone know? 
    Hope you have bettet luck Rosie xx
  • leighan
    leighan Member Posts: 3 Listener
    i put unborn baby instead of still born.

  • leighan
    leighan Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Hi @mancat

    When any of us get placed in The Support Group we lose more than interviews and appointments. We still get assessed so the DWP can see that we're still fit to be in The Support Group. If someone in The Support Group wants to get a career they won't have the help and resources people on the work related programme get from the DWp
  • treemanhart
    treemanhart Member Posts: 14 Listener


    I am in support group and have been since May 2013. My doctor, my support worker and a welfare advser from the British Legion made an application for me to be put on ESA instead of JSA. That worked, but then I was moved into support group five months later, without explanation or reason. to this day, the DWP have never explained why I am being parked there, and they wont address my repeated questions of what help can I get to return to work.

    I am now beinging to get some feedback (not from DWP) but from other avenues like NHS and tribunal, that I am being treated and viewed as a potentical violent mentally ill person, and it appears this led the tribunal to hold my PIP Appeal in secret where they excluded me from attending, and brought in a Rtd Psychiatrist who specialises in personality disorder. Something is wrong here, possibliy even illegal, and being in the Support group does not justify such action.

  • Liam_Alumni
    Liam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 1,101 Pioneering
    Hi @mancat,

    We have lots of information about Employment Support Allowance on our website which might be of interest to you. The Citizens Advice and Gov.UK websites also have some information about the support group too, which you may find useful.

    I hope this helps. If you have any other questions, then please do get in touch!
  • treemanhart
    treemanhart Member Posts: 14 Listener
    Hi Liam

    much thnks for links i think i have read these. what i have found useful was a work and persions select committee findings that shwoed that the DWP may be parking problem customers into support gruop as there are consdiered to be poor LMP (Labour market potenctical), i will find the link to the Parliament minutes of the findings and see if they can be added to this forum



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