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Feedback From The Forum

 ESA Support Group and PIP success
“Thank you for the guides and typical day sheet which I used to help me with my recent PIP claim.

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100+ Professional Members 

We support both claimants and professionals.  These are just some of the organisations who have subscribed to Benefits and Work:

Royal College of Nursing

Spinal Injuries Association

Chesterfield Law Centre

Stephenson’s Solicitors

Birmingham Citizens Advice Bureau

Manchester City Council Sensory Provision Team

St Mungos

Coventry Mind

Colchester Borough Council  Welfare Rights

Fibromyalgia Association UK

Employment Support Service, Coventry City Council

Union of Brunel Students

DIAL, Basildon & South Essex

Rethink North Devon

Stonham Housing Association

London Borough of Newham Client Affairs

The Fire Fighters Charity

Welfare Rights Service, Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

Macmillan Benefits Service, Glasgow

Ty Arian (Solicitors)

Camberwell ME Support Group

Headway, Ayrshire

Second Step Housing Association

Independent Living Centre, Trowbridge

Coventry & Warwickshire Mind 

Brooksbank Money Advice Section, Dundee

Autism Anglia

National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society

Blyth Valley Disabled Forum

Cornwall Blind Association

Bristol Citizens Advice Bureau

Carers advice and Resource Establishment, Sandwell

Purbeck Citizens Advice Bureau

Mind in Taunton and West Somerset

CATCH UP Ltd Llanelli

Disablement Association, Hillingdon
   
Cardiff and Vale Coalition of Disabled People

London Borough of Merton, Welfare Benefits Service

South Bradford Community Network

Dorset Residential Homes, Dorchester

Stockport Advice

Meridian Money Advice

Mind in Haringey

React Disability Group, Stevenage

Julian Housing Project, Oxford

Cerebra

Intowork

Helena Partnerships Housing Association

West Leicestershire Mind

Education Otherwise

Edinburgh Welfare Rights Advice Shop

Teesdale Citizens Advice Bureau

Dunedin Canmore Housing Association

CMT United Kingdom

Perth & Kinross Council Welfare Rights Team

Wallich Clifford Community

Maldon Essex Mind

Money Advice Unit, Hertfordshire

Surrey Association for Visual Impairment (SAVI)

Irish Support & Advice Service

Norwich and West Norfolk Citizens Advice Bureau

Plymouth Guild Disability Information & Advice Centre

Brighton & Hove Federation of Disabled People

Canterbury District Citizens Advice Bureau

Disability Information Service Huntingdonshire

Chapeltown Citizens Advice Bureau

Edinburgh Cyrenian Trust

Hillcrest Housing Association

Inverness CAB

Sarsen Housing Association

Fibromyalgia in Tonbridge Support Group

Welwyn Hatfield Community Housing Trust

Bury EST

Together (Working for Wellbeing)

Different Strokes

North Tyneside Disability Forum

Rochdale MBC Advice Service

Warwickshire Network for ME

Benefits Made Simple

Disability and Social Care Advice Service, Balham

Salford Welfare Rights & Debt Advice Service

Notre Dame Centre, Glasgow

CLASP, the Carers Centre

Disability Resource Centre, Dunstable

Enfield Clubhouse

William Flack, Solicitor

Welfare Benefits Unit,York

Braintree Halstead & Witham Citizens Advice Bureau

Ryedale Citizens Advice Bureau

Sunderland and South Tyneside MECFS Support Group

Westcountry Housing Association

North Staffordshire Warm Zone

North Kensington Law Centre

Mind in Taunton and West Somerset

Toxteth CAB

Citizens Advice Rural Dorset Service

Huntington’s Disease Association


Mental Health Advocacy Scheme, Bangor

Inspiration’ Mental Health service user group

Stafford and Rural Homes

Open Arms Five Towns Drop In

Merstham Community Facility Trust

HPTH UK (Hypoparathyroidism)

Rochdale Gateway Leisure Ltd

4 Winds

Birmingham Settlement

Better 2 Work Team

Hillingdon Carers

The Scottish Centre for Children with Motor Impairments

Federation of Local Housing Associations in Renfrewshire

Peterborough Council for Voluntary Services

Morecambe Bay ME group

Disability Arts Cymru

Richmond and Kingston ME Group

Fife Employment Access Trust

Dimensions for Living

The Active Community Team Ltd

Open Road, Chelmsford

Trafford Benefits Advice

Connect DRA

The New Freedom Project

West Lancs Disability Helpline

North London M.E. Network

North Ayrshire Council Criminal Justice Support Service

Middleton DIAL

 

had the medical just over a week ago. I got a letter to say I had been transferred from IB to ESA Support Group just after the medical…Then today got letter saying awarded PIP at higher rate daily living…for 3 years. I will recommend your guides to others with the same condition.”

ESA Support Group with no medical
“Had my long awaited brown envelope today. Shocked but delighted to be put in Support Group with no F2F [face to face assessment] …I just used the B & W guides to accurately describe the effect on my life of my conditions. These guides and B & W advice have been truly amazing and got me in support group without a F2F or any of the upset others have suffered. Thank You so much B & W.”

ESA Support Group success – thank you to you all
“In January 2014 i had the dreaded ESA50 form to fill in, i had heard of Benefits & Work group … and joined to get all the information i could to help me with the form…Thanks to downloading your guides, my wife read every page and waded through the forms, after 9 months i have just received a letter from DWP putting me straight into the Support group without the dreaded "medical". We are both very grateful for your help and for the sake of less than £20 our immediate stress and worry has faded into the background. If there is anyone wondering if subscribing is worth it.......go for it, worth every penny.”

ESA Appeal success
“Well well well, I am just posting that I was today put in the support group for ESA at my tribunal hearing...Thank you so much for all your advice from benefitsandwork site.it has been most useful and I will continue to be a member.”

PIP success
“Hello, I had the letter a few days ago…I'm happy that I have good news. I got awarded the standard rate of daily living, no mobility. From March 2014 till Feb 2017. That's a result I never expected to receive. It should help me with my health a lot…I used the guide from Benefits and Work, and had magnificant help from other people. I'm very grateful to everyone here. Thank you.”

PIP result
“Partner had a result for PIP without a face-face...Standard Daily (Living)…Again the guides etc on here had a massive part in this result.. Thanks”

ESA from WRAG to Support Group success
“Great news over the weekend - my daughter was moved from ESA IR WRAG to Support Group after a medical. She just got the letter - a week after the medical…Many thanks for all your help - we couldn't have got this far without your invaluable guides.”

ESA Support Group success
“Received a letter today re, ESA…I plucked up courage and rang them and asked what was it about…I had been placed in the SG for 3 years as this wasn't mentioned on letter. So thank-you all for getting me through everything I couldn't have done it without you. I will still be visiting you daily, as i believe your help is vital to the many individuals struggling with this system…Once again THANK-YOU!”

DLA to PIP success
“…pleased and relieved that they recognised my needs…Thank you so much for producing the guides, they are so helpful and made me feel supported, even though I was still very stressed throughout the whole process.”

ESA success
“Just to let say that after ringing DWP, my daughter has been put in the SG - for 3 years… I would like to say a massive thank you”

ESA result – support group
“After 7 weeks of waiting finally had result of dwp regarding my esa no medical and been awarded support group on paper evidence only can't believe it…thanks for all the useful tips on the forum”

PIP awarded
“I have received a decision from DWP and have been awarded Higher Rate [Daily Living] and Lower Rate [Mobility]. Thank you to all at B&W for the quality and accuracy of all your advice and information.”

DLA renewal success
“Just want to say a huge thank you to everyone at benefits and work for all your support and advice. I just heard today I was awarded middle rate care and low mobility. I heard back in only 1 week from posting my form and they didn't even contact my doctor”

SDA to ESA transfer success
“Many thanks to B&W for the insights and reassurance provided by your Guides and Forum replies from your remarkable moderators/experts. They were invaluable, and I'm sure were an important factor in our success…Many thanks again to B&W”

PIP success
“The dreaded brown envelope dropped on the mat this morning. I have been awarded enhanced rate for care and standard rate for mobility…Thank you so much for your excellent guides and patient support...”

ESA WRAG to Support Group
“I would just like to thank the Benefits and work team for all their invaluable help in building up a case! Using the correct procedures and rhyming slang to eventually be placed in the Support Group.
I am fortunate, but all I can say to all other claimants is to take good note of the advice available from the B&W team. Thanks a million.”

PIP enhanced rates awarded
“Many thanks for your excellent web site and help I've received...Received a decision yesterday and it was for the enhanced rate for both components. I can't thank you enough for the help and support.”

PIP decision – success!
“I would just like to thank you and your site for helping me through my pip claim! I have been awarded enhanced rate care and enhanced rate mobility I feel so relieved I could cry! Many thanks for all your help!”

PIP enhanced mobility and daily living
“Letter arrived Saturday, awarded mobility and daily living at enhanced rates. Would like to thank all those involved with this site for their knowledge and help.”

Support Group without a medical
“After last 2 years of constant worrying, finally I have been moved from IB to Support Group without a medical. I cried from happiness... at least for couple of hours I forgot about my physical pain and the fact that i can hardly move… I feel grateful to you guys for all the support this site and its users have given to me. Without your guidance and all the help I don't think I would manage to be where I am now. I am also very grateful for all the feedback from other members that helped me to stay sane and realize that I am not alone. THANK YOU SO MUCH”

Support Group success
“Hi all, well the brown envelope arrived, and yes im in the support group. Well that's a surprise, I didn't expect it. Big thank you to all the mods, and the bw web site, I could not have done without you.”

DLA and ESA success
“Today I received the dreaded brown envelope. I have been awarded HRM and HRC indefinitely…I was previously on HRM and LRC and would have been more than happy with MRC, I am so relieved that I can relax for the next year or so. So thanks once again to Benefits and Work for your invaluable information, which has helped me complete a recent ESA50 renewal where I was awarded Support group again but this time without the medical assessment. And now DLA success too. Thank you so much”

PIP mandatory reconsideration and JSA sanction success
“First want to say thank you to you all. I could not and indeed would not have done it without your factual, helpful and prompt replies. I did chase my MP and received a reply from them almost by return with an apology from DWP…Today I got a large back pay and standard rate care award and enhanced level mobility unchanged.

Incidentally your support gave me the courage to take DWP JSA on after a spiteful sanction and also won that yesterday, I know you don't deal in JSA but I got the courage from here.

ESA Support Group success after 1 year
“Today I was told I will be placed in the support group of ESA…by keeping going and not giving up it has finally reached a successful conclusion. My message is to just keep trying and use this website for help, guidance and advice. So thank you Benefits and Work.”

ESA Support Group
“My relative is now in the support group (which is truly where he should be). Thanks again to everyone involved in this website. Things have been stressful, but with the support and expert knowledge from this site, I felt confident about dealing with all the paperwork and challenging the decisions. You have taken a lot of pressure off for me. Thanks again everyone.”

ESA Support Group success
“Just a little update with the good news ! My young relative has been accepted into the support group by the DWP… They also agreed all the back pay - a full years worth! But it gets better - I have just checked the bank balance and there is a huge credit from ESA. This will make the world of difference…he will be able to buy all those things he needs to make his life much better. Thanks again for all your help, you have been truly wonderful.”

PIP reconsideration success
“After reading my support letter as well as my report they have decided to award me the extra 2 points giving me a total of 12 for the Enhanced care on daily living component. It is with only reading this great web site, that give great advice that I decided to pursue this further. Once again thanks for all your valuable support and advice.”

Severe Disability Premium
“My daughter is now in receipt of severe disability premium…Thank you so much for the wonderful support you give to us, best money I’ve ever spent on a membership!!”

IB to ESA support group
“I finally got a decision letter today from the dwp today re. my transfer from long term IB to ESA. The whole process has taken 14 months…thank you to everyone on the site for their invaluable help and the guides, without which the whole process would have been much worse.”

PIP enhanced care and mobility
“A few days ago the brown envelope dropped through the letterbox, and I am very relieved and pleased to report that my husband has been awarded enhanced care and mobility for 3 years.
I cannot explain how we both felt in fact we were quite dazed. I cannot believe it is all over for at least 3 years…The site is worth every penny of your membership fee, and I , as before will keep up my membership, even though, we have been successful this time, I may need their help along the way again…I am so grateful to you all for your wonderful informative site and cannot thank you enough for your help.”


ESA support group success
“Today the dreaded brown envelope arrived…and this time Reassessment ESA SG - and again No Medical - and Award for 3 years! Such an ENORMOUS relief!! I couldn't have done it without advice from this site…Thanks to all involved with this great site & good luck & love to all going through the same ordeal.”

Successful DLA renewal
“I cannot believe that my DLA Renewal went so smoothly. I had followed all the advice from the site and had typed out sheets of extra information…Today I had a letter back from DWP stating that my claim is now for an indefinite period and that I have the same rates as before, Higher rate mobility and Middle rate care. So I would like to say a big thank you to Benefits and Work for their invaluable guides which I am sure helped me.”

ESA Appeal victory
“Thanks to the fantastic advice from the people on this site my sister has just won her ESA appeal. Thanks to everyone for all their help.”

ESA Support Group success
“Received my ESA forms in May this year, have been put into the contribution based support group, really pleased about that…Thanks to this site and excellent advice help I don't know how I would have coped with it all…Thanks to a great team”

Successful transfer from IS to ESA support group
“…I had a call from the Job Centre stating I had full ESA and placed in the support group and a letter would follow. ..All this in a matter of 3 weeks…So the real reason for this is to thank the Benefits and Work for their help with my claim with the information which is provided on this web site.”

 

PIP enhanced daily living and mobility
“I also wanted to thank you for this website as it helped me be aware on the assessment and also helped me with ESA support group Tribunal last year. I have just received notification that I have been awarded enhanced PIP for living and mobility. I know I wouldn't have got this result without your guides so would like to thank you very much for providing this website. Now I can get a blue badge, create parking in my garden and hopefully leave my house more than 6 times a year! I will also be able to get someone to go shopping with me (only been shopping once this year) so the difference this will make is amazing. Thank you so much.”

 

IB to ESA success
“just renewed my membership for another 365 days thank you benefits & work sure helped me with my incapacity benefit to esa this site is great value for your money and covers every topic”

ESA Support Group success
“The dreaded brown envelope plopped through the letter box on Saturday morning, and it felt so thin I was sure it was a "no way Jose" letter...... BUT ESA success and placed in the Support Group without a medical !! OMG…. Thank you to all at B&W !”

ESA Appeal victory
“Thanks to the fantastic advice from the people on this site my sister has just won her ESA appeal. Thanks to everyone for all their help.”

ESA Support Group
“Received my ESA forms in May this year, have been put into the contribution based support group, really pleased about that …Thanks to this site and excellent advice help I don't know how I would have coped with it all…Thanks to a great team”

PIP success
“Huge, huge thank you…Well ive been crying with relief for an hour now, Thank you so much for your brilliant website and knowledge, I had my PIP decision today…low rate care and High rate Mobility. I can't thank you enough. Wonderful, just wonderful”

Transfer from IS to ESA with a cancelled medical
“I had a call from the Job Centre stating I had full ESA and placed in the support group and a letter would follow …All this in a matter of 3 weeks… So the real reason for this is to thank the Benefits and Work for their help with my claim with the information which is provided on this web site.”

ESA Support Group without a medical
“Many thanks to everyone at Benefits and Work for all their help, hard work and excellent advice. I followed the ESA guides while completing my ESA50 and was delighted that …I was placed in the Support Group without a medical.”

ESA Support Group with no medical
“I'm so pleased that I have been put into the support group without having a medical and I want to say a massive thank you to Benefits and Work as I doubt this would have happened if I hadn't had followed your fantastic guide when completing the application form a year ago! …it is a gigantic weight off my shoulders.”

ESA Support Group without medical
“Just had to say thanks yet again to this site. I have been reassessed for ESA and have been awarded support group again, this time without having to attend medical. I have been awarded Support group for a further two years. Once again, thank you for this site”

Thank you for PIP help
“…may I thank everyone at this site. The help from here has been immensely valuable to me particularly with regards the nightmare that is PIP.”

PIP Success
“I have been awarded Standard care and standard mobility for 3 years, to be reassessed in November 2016! I'm so chuffed and relieved. I can finally sleep at night and feel like a massive weight has been lifted! Thank you to this forum and it's members for the help and support.”

PIP been awarded at last!
“…got my letter on Saturday from the DWP…I have been given enhanced daily living component…my husband and I would like to thank you for your excellent guides that helped us at the medical and gain the money. The best subs I have ever spent Thank from the bottom of my heart.”

ESA mandatory reconsideration success
“Have had the phone call, after a Mandatory Reconsideration I have successfully been moved from wrag to Support group..Many thanks to B & W. I could not have achieved this without you knowledge and guidance.”

Support Group success
“My husband has once again been placed in the Support, only this time it's for 3 years. Could we both take this opportunity to thank everyone who has offered help and pointing us in the right direction because without it, we would certainly have not been able to construct our answers properly. Good luck to you all, and once again thank you B&W”

Mandatory Recon overturned their decision
“The dwp rang me this morning and have over turned their WRAG decision and have agreed to put me in the support group! Thank you so much to everyone on benefits and work for your help! It has been invaluable and I couldn't have done it without you all. You have been a rock to my wife and I!”

ESA result after 12 months
“Hi, I've eventually got the dreaded brown envelope through letterbox after waiting 12 months for my ESA decision from migration from Incapacity benefit. I couldn't believe it when I read that I've been placed in the Support group and WITHOUT having to attend a medical! The relief is immense after a year of worry and stress so thank you for all the help and advice on here.”

Thank you! This site is a lifeline!
“I hope this helps other users... After 18 months.... I finally won my DLA claim for HRM, and LRC at appeal after previously being turned down… I was in utter despair. This is where B&W came in... I found your site while confined to bed, feeling utterly miserable and having bad thoughts but from that day I never looked back. Thank you so much for the work you do. You have no idea how much you help people if we don't let you know. I was at my wits end and you were like Angels that lifted a weight off my shoulders. You really must read the guidelines on this site; I knew instantly where I'd gone wrong. Good Luck all with your claims, and use this site it truly is a life saver! Thank you B&W for giving me my life back.”

ESA support group success
“just had a call from DWP saying that my daughter has just been awarded ESA and is in the support group, and that its being backdated to last february 2013, we didnt even need to go for a medical assessment”

DLA success
“I went from LRC and LRM to MRC and HRM! Thank you Ben and Work for your invaluable guides, which are a must for any kind of benefits form filling!”

Finally - PIP awarded
“I have received the brown envelope today and finally contains good news, I have been awarded the daily living component, and the mobility component of personal independence payment .I am soo happyyy Thank you sooo much BW for all your support and help and good luck to everyone.”

ESA support group
“… I have been put in the ESA Support group without an ATOS medical - so wanted to say huge thanks for the info on this site and in the downloadable booklets. Helped enormously.”

PIP hope, frustration, result
“I will always remember this day! I had a phone conversation with the DWP today and was informed my claim for PIPs has been:-.................................. GRANTED!!!!!!... thank you for your support and advice through this long and worrisome process!
And a huge thanks to B+W for all your literature and support it made the difference!”


DLA renewal success
“I was not due for my DLA renewal until end of september. I got a invite to renew beginning of may so filled it in and sent it back with the help of your wonderful site and have had a reply saying they have awarded me high rate care from middle rate and high mobility…Thank you for all the help this forum give all the people who help do a fantastic job god bless you all”

ESA Support Group - success
“Just a quick message to let you know that after six long months…I have been put in the Support Group of ESA and had my claim backdated to November 2013. I would like to thank you for the help and support that you have given me during this difficult time. If it was not for the excellent guides that my husband used to complete all the forms…I would not have been award the correct decision.”

PIP Success
“… i have just come of the phone to the dwp decision maker who rang me …to inform me i had been awarded enhanced pip and mobility and i would receive backpay to the date i originally applied and he also apologised for the long wait…thanks to B & W for all the guides and help”

ESA Support group
“Just a quick message to let you know that …I have been put in the Support Group of ESA and had my claim backdated to November 2013. I would like to thank you for the help and support that you have given me during this difficult time. If it was not for the excellent guides that my husband used to complete all the forms that the DWP and ATOS had sent then I would not have been award the correct decision.”

ESA Support Group
“…well decision letter finally came today - DWP did go with ATOS recommendation for the support group - thanks so much for everyone's support here and all the info provided! Couldn't have managed without it.”

PIP success
“Much to my surprise my PIP claim has been approved and I will get the Enhanced Daily Living Component and the standard Mobility Component. The help I received from this site was invaluable and I don't think I would have been successful without it.”

DLA awarded on renewal
“…a massive thank you to this website for all the help and support given to help complete these complex and often misleading forms…I filled the form out and gathered all my necessary supporting documents and sent it off… within a few weeks I had a letter to say I had the same DLA award but for an indefinite period.”

PIP award
“Thank you so very much for all the help and advice I received from your guides. I applied for PIP. My assessment was in March . I finally had a result on Tuesday this week. More surprisingly all the back dated money was in my account yesterday. Enhanced care and standard mobility. Thanks so much”

PIP success
“Just to let you all know that today I've received a letter saying I have been awarded enhanced daily living and mobility! I cannot thank enough Benefits and Work because you all have been such a great support for me. I am so lucky to found you and cannot imagine what would I do without your great information and guidance. Thank you so much! I wish everyone who is applying PIP good luck! Its a very hard and stressful process but Benefits and Work moderators are absolutely brilliant!”

Support Group success
“Have just been told via the phone, that I've been placed in the support group for three years. Cannot thank benefits and work enough for all their support and invaluable guides, you all do a sterling job, and I would like to thank you so much. Hope this gives encouragement to others who are playing 'the waiting game' that there can be light at the end of the tunnel.”

ESA support group
“Good news! As a result of being put into the ESA Support Group, my local Council informed me that Housing Benefit would now pay all my rent and Council Tax Support would pay all my Council Tax”

Support Group without medical
“Having used your site I was placed in support group without medical, although it took 42 weeks to get a response!”

DLA renewal award
“My DLA was due to expire in July 2014 - I was invited to renew. Imagine my absolute surprise to receive a new award of Higher rate care & Higher rate mobility for 5 years!! No medical or other enquiries. Thank you so much Benefits and Work, I'm sure the success was due to following your guide to the letter.”

PIP success
“I've had a decision letter and it's great news. Standard rate for daily care and enhanced rate for mobility. Both ongoing and to be reviewed in 2025…I'm happy with the outcome and the Capita assessment...I hope this result gives some encouragement to those still going through the process.”

IB to ESA support group
“After receiving a form to change from IB to ESA…I have at last received a letter putting me in the support group of ESA without a medical. Without help from Benefits and Work I do not think this would have happened…I couldn't be happier, it is such a weight off my mind.”

Work related activity group to Support Group
“hi all,this is my second time joining as a member, first time you helped me with my appeal from wrag to SG for which I am eternally grateful”

DLA renewal success
“I am delighted, as last time I had to go to appeal. I put it all down to your help and guidance. I have been a member for 4 years now and you have helped me through my ESA transfer to support group for 3 years and now the renewal of my DLA.”

IB/IS/SDA to ESA conversion
“I have been a member for over 6 months now and I would like to say Thank You for all your support that you give to your users. I have learned a lot from reading your guides and from other member’s forum posts and comments.”

DLA renewal success
“…a massive thank you to this website for all the help and support given to help complete these complex and often misleading forms.”

IB to ESA Support Group without medical
“After receiving a form to change from IB to ESA and sending it back in December I have at last received a letter putting me in the support group of ESA without a medical. Without help from Benefits and Work I do not think this would have happened. As time was dragging on I was expecting to receive a call to go to a medical but this did not happen, I couldn't be happier, it is such a weight off my mind.”

ESA Support Group success
“I filled in my transfer from incapacity benefit to ESA form about 6 months ago and got my answer this Monday. ESA support group with no medical. Thanks to the guides here I included a lot more of how my daily life is affected. So, a big thank you and well done.”

ESA Support Group Success for 2nd time
“…thanks to B&W for the outcome of my reassessment for ESA. Using the guides & advice from the moderators throughout, I was placed in the WRAG after attending the WCA…DWP confirmed in writing I will not be callled for another ressessment before 3 yrs!! - Yippee!!
The membership fee for B&W has to be the best long term investment I have ever made. Without its expert guides & moderators I would not have had the success I have had …nor with my application for DLA - HRM & HRC for 4 yrs. Anyone who is unsure about the value of being a member - do take the plunge.”


ESA Success
“Im so greatfull this site and forum has helped me sucessfuly recieve ESA SG contribution based for 3 years, after previously being on IB”

Thank you for PIP success
“Hello team…I rang DWP today just on the off chance for an update and been told I have got the enhanced rate for care and Mobility…I could not thank you enough for all the help and support you have given me, just thank you so much. Your guides were absolutely fantastic and without you I think I may have totally lost it lol…Thank you again and god bless.”

Surprise letter - now in Support Group
“I was migrated from IB to ESA WRAG group 2 years ago. Last year I was re-assessed and sent the forms in. Today I got a brown envelope from the DWP - they have reassessed me and placed me in the Support Group. The relief is immense. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone here for their help.”

From IB to ESA Support Group without medical
“Hi all, just to say many, many thanks for all the guides. Invaluable! This is the No. 1 site for people like me, cannot thank you all enough.”

ESA success
“My partner was told he had no points but after requesting a mandatory reconsideration last week he has been told the decision has been overturned. Couldn't have done this without help from this site. Thank you so much it has been a lifesaver.”

Assigned to Support Group
“I've just had a letter informing me that I've been moved from the WRAG into the Support Group without even having to go to Atos for another assessment. I really am incredibly grateful to all staff at B&W for the wonderful service you provide. My heartfelt thanks go to all of you!”

DLA renewal success
“…just to give hope to others I sent my dla renewal form off about 2 weeks ago with no supporting evidence...i used the guidelines from this site…I got a letter confirming my dla for hrm and mrc was awarded for an indefinate period… happy days I wish everybody else a speedy decision. thanx again to the site for the guidelines.”

PIP awarded
“I got the DWP letter on Saturday…so I'd like to thank this site as without reading through all the advice and fact sheets I doubt I would have even got the mobility.”

SUCCESS !, got extra ESA Premiums, THANK'S B&W !
“Thanks to B&W I had already successfully claimed PIP and had my IB successfully transferred to ESA support group. Now I have successfully claimed the ESA income related Enhanced Disability Premium and the Severe Disability Premium, both of which I'd never even heard of before reading about them here on B&W !.
THANK'S AGAIN B&W ! ! ! / BEST WISHES TO YOU ALL ! ! !”

Yay! I’m in the Support Group of ESA
“After having a recorded ATOS medical assessment in February, I have been placed in the Support Group for ESA. Thank you, for all the help and advice for filling out the form”

Work related activity group to Support Group
“i have just found out that i have been placed in support group from wrag… i can not tell you how relieved i am, the stress of it all has really took it out of me, thankyou it really helps just knowing someone is there for you if you need help”

Zero points to Support Group at appeal
“thanks to this wonderful site and the helpful moderators i had the best of medical evidence from my gp and cfs team …the relief was so much that my fiance who has supported me throughout broke down in tears. i hope this brings hope to those in the same situation, dont give up!...thank you again at B and W”

Moved from work related activity group to ESA Support Group
“I appealed against being placed into WRAG, and have been sent a letter saying decision on my ESA claim looked at again and I have been placed into support group, won't be sent to independent tribunal etc. Thank you for guides and info on B and W site”

ESA- Won on appeal
“Thanks to your great site which I am so happy I subscribed to, I had my tribunal hearing for ESA on Friday 28/03/14 and won…”

Incapacity to Support Group
“hi all… today was told i had been placed in the support group with no medical i am sure the outcome is as a result of the info and guides on this site so i would like to give a big thank you to all…Thanks again its a great site and i for one would have been lost without it!”

Work related activity to Support Group
“Was taken off WRAG group on to support group, thank you for your advice, invaluable”

ESA Support Group
“Thought I'd post to firstly say thank you to Benefits and Work for your fantastic guides - Couldn't have done it without your help!! And secondly to give others in same situation an idea of timescales - 30 weeks to the day from posting to receiving results!!”

ESA new claim support group success
“Brand new claim. Today received the news I am in the support group from 11th March. No medical! It's thanks to the guides on here & a brilliant gp”

Successful ESA appeal to support group
“Appeal allowed - to go from work related activity group to support group, under section 35 ESA regs 2008…In a sort of state of happy shock! Many thanks to the site organisers and contributors.”

Support Group renewal
“Thank you and everyone who has given their support to me over the last year. Without you giving your time to help when you are also ill yourselves is remarkable. I have been put in the Support Group again…Thank you all so much for your help.”
  
Support Group success
“Had a call this morning I am Support Group for 2 yrs. Such a relief. Thank you for all the information on this site. It's a god send.” 
 
Support Group
“Just to give some hope to all those waiting months to hear from DWP with reassessments.
After 8 months I finally heard that they have kept me in the support group - and no medical either.
Many thanks to B&W for the excellent guides.”

  
Transfer from IB to ESA success ... bit shocked
“Hi, and thank you that this site and forum exist. I'd been reading the newsletters and am really glad to join. Thanks for the information and support.”
 
ESA appeal success
“Thanks for all the info / support that your site offers! Got the letter today, I won my appeal.”
  
IB to Support Group success
“I would never have been able to fill the forms in without your help and Wonderful Guides and Knowledge ,I know I only posted a couple of questions for help but the answers I got helped me a great deal but I come on here every day to read up and keep up to date and read other peoples queries and this is the best money I have ever spent and I will continue to be a member of B&W for many years to come … once again thank you all very much and good luck to every body else who is going through this”
  
son won ESA support group appeal after two year wait
“..(my son) had appeal heard for previous claim and was put into support group, this is mainly due to your guides and help once again a big thank you. just have to wait and see what atos say about new claim he put in in jan. Thank you again”
  
ESA support group appeal won!
“… just won my appeal from wrag to support group of esa and its all your advice and support over the past few months that helped me through this nerve racking … b and w is a must for all people on benefits and i will be renewing my subscription thats for sure thanks again for being there when i needed some support”
  
ESA success
“Well, if I had a hat I would take it off to you guys.... thanks a million, couldnt have done it without you, and I will remain a member for life, thats how important this site is, in my opinion. Fantastic job you guys are doing, next stop PIP for me so I will be keeping an eye on things here every day that I am able to. Thanks again all, you are superb!”
  
PIP awarded
“At last I have been awarded PIP after all this time waiting…Thank to B & W for all your help”
 
ESA deferral
“Thanks guys - you do a great job in providing hope and guidance”
  
IB - ESA success, THANK'S B&W !
“Good news this week, got letter confirming I will be transferred from Incapacity Benefit to ESA Support Group after medical. Can't thank you enough B&W !, couldn't have done it without this site, the incredible people on here and the brilliant guides to filling in the forms and the assessment process. THANK'S !”
 
IB to ESA transfer
“I was transferred from Ib to esa support group, which took seven months in total. Many thanks to B&W for your help, you gave me confidence to both fill in the form and attend my medical knowing I had a fair chance of success.”
 

Thank you - support group success
“a big thank you to the mods on this site…after a mandatory review using the info off this site I have been moved up into the Support group (2 years)…thank you”
 
 
DLA appeal success
“HI I have just had my DLA appeal today and I have been granted high rate mobility and low rate care which is being backdated to 6/3/2013 It helped enormously reading your papers so thank you so much”
 
ESA Tribunal success
“I attended my ESA Tribunal yesterday and won!..Thank you to those of you at the B&W website for all this wonderful information.”
 
 
ESA50 completion
“I would never have been able to make detailed replies to the descriptors by myself, so I want to thank B+W for their fantastic guides.”
 
PIP award
We have just received out first decision on a PIP application. Awarded enhanced for daily living and mobility, backdated to date of application. All down to your guide so many thanks. However, it is almost 7 months from application to decision.

IB to ESA Support Group
I used your guides to fill in my ESA form and I have been transferred from IB to support group, no medical. Thank you very very much

Appeal won
Thank you so much for your advice about ESA Appeals.

IB to ESA transfer
I've successfully been transferred from IB to IRESA without a medical! Without your site none of this would have happened - Im absolutely sure of that. I would and have advised anyone and everyone to become a member and have the same unlimited access to the help, advice and support only found on this site. Once again Thank you!

ESA success
My transfer from Incapacity to ESA had been a success! I relied heavily on the guides from this website, both for mental and physical illnesses, as well as info from the forum, and the DWP have put me in the Support Group! I really couldn't have done it without you. I found the guides and site very supportive, as well as knowledgeable and informative, and that 'added ingredient' was so important and much appreciated. So thank you all so very much

ESA Support group
“Hi my hubby had phone call from DWP,he has been put in surport group for 3yrs
thankyou for the suport you gave to me, he has serve depresion ,so this was agreat outcome”


ESA success
“My transfer from Incapacity to ESA had been a success! I relied heavily on the guides from this website, both for mental and physical illnesses, as well as info from the forum, and the DWP have put me in the Support Group! I really couln't have done it without you. I found the guides and site very supportive, as well as knowledgeable and informative, and that 'added ingredient' was so important and much appreciated. So thank you all so very much”

PIP success
“I finally got my confirmation letter and the money has come through. So I just wanted to say a huge thank you to the mods and everyone on the forum who has posted…. the help and confidence it gives you seeing other peoples real stories has helped me greatly to try and get the help I need.”

DLA success
“After getting heaps of information and help from you mods and guides from this website, I practically helped my father re-write the application form again giving as much information as possible…Today he gets a decision: High Rate Mobility High Rate Care for 3 years
Wow couldn't believe it. Nor could my father. But thanks to your guilds this has made it possible. He can now start to think about himself and get the help that he deserves. Thank you once again.”


ESA Support group
“my partner was placed into the support group in December 2013 we have phoned up to see when she will be reviewed and she has the award for three years she has ms…many thanks for all the advice from this wonderful site well worth the subscription money…”

I/B to ESA Migration Many Thanks to You
“with the help of benefits and work site and the Mods, I heard today that I have been placed in the
Support Group from I/B…again many thanks for all your help and advice”


Success before appeal
“…I duly had a phone call later in the afternoon saying yes they… had changed their decision. This sounded too good to be true!! Saturday's mail brought more post from DWP…confirming they had changed their decision & the appeal would lapse. Wow!!
Without the information on this website, comments from the moderators, on this thread & others,
& the support of a good GP we would never have got the decision reversed.
Thanks for the excellent resources on the site & the advise & dedication of the moderators.”


ESA Support Group success
“… my ESA decision came today and I have been placed straight into the Support Group this time without the need for a medical.
Thankyou for the continued support of this forum, and to the people that make it possible to help provide others with help when they need it most. I'm sure everything you do is very much appreciated by many members who have found your guides and comments invaluable when they are at a very anxious time in their lives.”


IB to ESA result
“I used the guides and sought some advice about medical evidence when completing the ESA so thanks to this site I have had the best possible outcome. Thank you once again to the site owner and the mods”

Return to Work
“This is just to say a HUGE thankyou to Benefits & Work for helping me throughout my recovery. It has been almost four years since my accident. Its been life changing and its taken a while to recover. I might not be as good as new but I'm now able to get back to work.
Thanks guys. Without your help it would have been a complete nightmare.”

DLA renewal & ESA appeal success
“Just want to say thank you for the advice I received from this site. Worth every penny of the subscription fee. Won my appeal for ESA support group, and just sent in DLA renewal for husband. Got it back within 10 days and awarded indefinitely medium care and high mobility with having to see doctor.
Thank you so much.”

ESA support group
“Hi good news today with your help I have been put into the support group received letter today…”

IB to ESA Support Group without medical
“I wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone at B&W for their invaluable guides (which I also used years ago for a DLA renewal) as I have just heard I have been put in the Support Group for contribution-based ESA. I could not have done it without your wonderful guides.
Thanks also for the great advice from the moderators on this site and also for the regular Newsletters which kept me informed and reminded me I wasn't alone.”


ESA success on reconsideration
“A very big thank you to you all,I received a letter on Xmas eve, 3 years in the support group, given after reconsideration. no appeal what a relief. I could not of done this without your help. Once again thank you.”

Support group without medical
“With the help of this site and the WCA handbook, together with outside support, I got in to the Support Group without a medical.
This has made me feel as if a good force has pulled me away from the 'cliff-edge' that I felt I had been hanging off.”


Successful Appeal
“I should like to thank you all at Benefits and Work. Your excellent advice and the comfort that you have given me has been, and is, invaluable.”

Support Group
“You've managed to steer us in the right direction a few times now, give us that vital piece of information we were missing. I know for a fact that key things that we've learned here on the Benefits and Work Forum have helped us get my dad in to the rightful Support Group.”

Support Group without medical
“I filled in his ESA50 for him using your excellent guides. This shows how much worth B & W is as this is my third success story.”

DLA renewed at the same rate
“Thanks everybody at B&W for your excellent guides and information.”

DLA renewed until 2016
“Many thanks to the site for all the up to date info.”

PIP Success
“Got news over Christmas period of successful PIPclaim, high rate care and mobility for 3 years after face to face with 'Atos/Salus'. Could not have done it without following B&W guides on how to apply correctly.”

ESA Support Group without a medical
“I want to say a big thank you to the advisers on this site I went from sda to support group without medical, I would never have been able to answer questions on forms without your help.”

ESA Support Group without a medical
“With the help of this site and the WCA handbook, together with outside support, I got in to the Support Group without a medical.”

DLA Appeal allowed
“a huge thank you to B &W as without the information obtained from your site I'm not so sure we would have been so successful. The judge actually commented on our submission stating that it was one of the best he had heard. This was all down to B & W in our opinion as without it we could not have done such a good representation without using some of the case law we had obtained.”

DLA renewal
“Thank you so much for the guides and the forum support. I've heard today that my DLA remains the same and has been renewed until 2018!”

Transfer from IB to ESA
“I had a phone call today from the DWP telling me that I had being put onto ESA from IB without a medical for 3 years thank you so much for all your advice and help Its the best news ever. THANK YOU SO MUCH AGAIN.”

DLA renewed until March 2016
“Thanks to using the invaluable detailed guides, I've been re awarded HRM and MRC until March 2016, with no medical this time.”

From IB to ESA, placed in the support group, prognosis 3 years
“The site has been invaluable and helped me to both understand the horribly complicated benefit structure (kind of) and to organise information so that I could accurately convey how my life is affected by my condition.”

Straight into the Support Group with no medical on reassessment
“This time I had read a lot of the information on this site and know without a doubt that is what made the difference because my health is not any different from before.”

Higher rate care and Lower rate mobility until 02/12/2018
“Thank you B&W so much and I will definitely continuing membership as I'm sure when the time comes to sort out ESA and the change to PIP in a few years your guides will be just as valuable then.”

ESA Support Group for 3 years
“Can't thank the people on this site enough, with the help of the guides and a letter from my GP I have now been awarded ESA in the support group till Oct 2016”

Won appeal thanks to your guides
“Thanks to the guides I successfully represented my daughter at her tribunal and she won her appeal for ESA work related”

IB to ESA for three years
“Just wanted to say a massive thank you, IB to ESA for three years, filled in all the forms back in June and have worried ever since, could not have done it without all your information.
I am sure many people would qualify if only they knew how to approach the ridiculous questions that the forms ask”

Support Group without medical
“I am in the support group without having to have another medical!! thank you benefits & work for the help in filling out the dreaded form!. I cannot hold a pen long enough to complete said form and filled it in on line using your guide lines this time”

DLA decision overturned
“I purchased this membership and followed it to the letter and today she has been reinstated at a higher level for 4 years to higher care and lower mobility, after being told she wasn't entitled to anything!!!!!”

Placed in the Support Group following a medical
“Thank you All for your help!”

Placed in the Support Group
“I received a letter on Saturday to say I had been put in the support group after sending the form for my transfer from ib. I found out this morning it is for 3 years. It took 21 weeks from the first letter to the decision. I want to thank you all as I have been reading the forum and guides for a long time in readiness for the form and know that it helped me present the evidence in a better way than I would have done.”

IB to the Support Group without a face-to-face assessment 
“I want to say a BIG THANK YOU to this wonderful website for all the information provided during such a worrying and anxious time.”

DLA renewed at the same rates for 2 years “I'm absolutely astounded. I know I couldn't have done it without the help that the forms gave me.”

ESA success “Thanks to the Benefits and Work ESA guides I have now been successful in my claim for ESA and I have been placed in the support group without a medical.”

Placed in the Support Group until 2015 without a medical “I really just wanted to say a huge thank you to people here for your encouragement and advice Thank You.”

ESA granted “Just to say thank you for all the information contained on this website. Being able to clearly set out the facts without drifting off into unnecessary ramblings, are all the benefits of being a member of this website.”

Placed in the Support Group for 3 years “I would like to thank everyone involved with benefit and works and all the moderators for their hard work and help with questions and queries.”

Support Group On Appeal “I wanted to let you know that your advice has worked - I won my appeal! Thank you for everything, I couldn't have done it without your reply and I'm very grateful to you.”

Appeal won “husbands appeal was today…the best thing about it is he WON and they have placed him into the Support Group not to be reassessed for 2 years. So many thanks for all the info and help on this site as I would have not been able to help him without you”

IB to ESA Support Group “I have just been transferred from Incapacity Benefit to the ESA Support Group and like many others would like to thank you for your excellent guides.”

Success WRAG to Support Group “DO DO keep going if you feel from the information on the forum you have a case. it can be done and a MASSIVE thank you for all the support the team have given me it has been fantastic.”

Personal independence payment (PIP) success “finally, after waiting 20 weeks, I had a decision at the first attempt at pip. I got enhanced rate after a face to face with a very nice ex nurse. it was a good experience, i wish you all the very best, and a big thank you to all at b and w.”

ESA Support Group “I just wanted to say thanks all on this site for your help and support. My son finally heard today in the support group.”

IB to ESA Support Group without a medical “Just wanting to thank you so very much for all your support and the excellent advice and work you do. I have today received a letter saying I have gone from Incapacity Benefit to the Support Group of Employment and Support Allowance without a face to face assessment.”

IB to ESA Support Group no medical “Just got the phone call and was told I am put into the support group without a medical. I have no doubt this is solely due to the guides on here . . .“

ESA Support Group for 2 years after 3 months wait “.. like to say thank you ..couldn't have done it without the advice and knowledge from the forum ...”

2nd Revision, now in Support Group “Thank you Benefits and Work, The MODS who gave me advice and links to follow with more advice. You have kept me going.”

Successfully placed in WRAG after Upper Tribunal appeal “It has taken me two years but I got there in the end, many thanks to all at benefits and work, keep up the good work. Soooooooooo Happy”

DLA reconsideration just before appeal! “…it may seem a struggle to complete all the appeal forms, worry about the appeals process etc but if you persevere using the excellent guidance from this website you can get the right result!”

ESA Support Group at review and DLA indefinitely “I have ME/CFS and over the past few months I've had to renew both my ESA and DLA… I was moved to the support group from WRAG… I've recently renewed (DLA) and my award has been kept the same (HRM & MRC), but this time I have been awarded DLA indefinately! . . .”

Incapacity to ESA “Just wanted to say thankyou for all ur help, I've gone from incapacity to ESA and just been informed I'm in the support group. So thank you so much.”

Support Group without medical “…my wife called the DWP and they confirmed she would not have to attend a medical and will remain in the support group…Thanks again to your wonderful website and the support it gives to us all.”

ESA Support Group “Twenty weeks after submitting my ESA50, the dreaded brown envelope arrived yesterday informing me that I have been placed in the Support Group, without being called for a medical. . . Thank you to everyone at B&W for providing such comprehensive guidelines”

 

Placed in the Support Group after successful renewal
“Benefits & Work is easily the best one-stop resource for helping to make a successful claim.”

ESA Appeal won at Tribunal
“The Information on this Web site was invaluable in preparing for this case as I was representing myself, and I thank you very much. Well worth the joining fee absolutely brilliant.”

Support Group without a medical
“All due, I'm quite sure, to following the Benefits and Work guide. Thank You.”

Placed in the Support Group before appeal heard at Tribunal
“A BIG thank you to Mrs HTB, bro58 and Gordon for all your help you have given me along my journey, without your advice and the guides on this site I would never have got this far. I can only say thank you and please don’t stop we NEED you all.”

ESA form completed
“just want to say thank you to everyone on this site for they help and support, just have to play waiting game now .thank you could not have completed it without your help.”

Support Group from IB without medical
“Thank you Thank you and I Thank you…I feel my success is down to BW and the supportive letter from my GP….Muchly relieved and thankful”

ESA award success
“Hi this is our first post, but would like to thank Benefits and Work for their excellent guides that have resulted in my husband being migrated from IB to the ESA Support Group”

Thank you – IB to ESA Support Group
“I just wanted to thank Benefits and Work guides, as well as [the mods] for their advice - my daughter just got her ESA decision letter, and she has been moved to ESA Support Group, without the need for a medical, which is fantastic news.
The guides and advice posted here surely contributed greatly to helping fill in the convoluted forms and her successfull transition.”


Successful transfer to ESA
“I have recently been transfered from IS to esa… Great info Benefits and work team.”

Placed in the Support Group for 3 years without a medical
“ the support and advice being offered by yourselves at Benefits & Work has proved to be an absolute LIFELINE..”

In the Support Group until 2016 with no assessment
“I could not have got through the form without your help so I do thank you ALL”

Higher Rate Mobility awarded after DLA renewal
“Many thanks to B & W for the useful advice here which helped me to win higher mobility from previous lower rate for ME/CFS”

Placed in the Support Group for the second time for 2 years
“So thankful. Just to let people know that it is possible..”

High Rate Mobility and High Rate Care awarded indefinitely on reconsideration
“Thank you for all your help and advice - it makes a difference”. 

Support group without a medical
“Firstly, a big thank you. The membership fee was worth every penny”

WRAG without a medical
“Using the guides gave me the best chance of stating my situation clearly and with support of my medical evidence.”

Support group without a medical
“Thanks to Benefits and Work for all your information.”

DLA renewal at same rates
“Thank you B&W for your invaluable guides and support in answering any queries i brought up.”

IB to support group without medical
“a huge thank you for the second to none excellent advice that you present on your Site.”

IB to support group without medical
“I cannot thank the members and people that run this site enough for the information they provide”

From IB to WRAG to support group on appeal
“Like many others I could not have done it w/out the guides on this site.”

3 more years in support group without medical
“Thank you all much to the selfless mods who do so much to help us despite going through the same nightmare themselves. There are no words to really express my gratitude.”

IB to ESA support group after medical
“Thank you for the excellent guides which were invaluable, made the worst forms by miles i have EVER had to tackle possible.”

IB to ESA support group without medical
“Thank you again! Well worth the money joining you!”

Support group after paper hearing
“Thanks everybody at B&W and special thanks to Bro, Gordy, Mrs H, and Jim for your patience and advice.”

IB to ESA without medical
“I feel I may sleep a little easier tonight thanks to the brilliant people on this site!”

From WRAG to support group on second assessment
“your guide was the key to success as my condition hadn't changed from the first time Thank you thank you if you’re not sure whether to subscribe just do it advice is invaluable!!”

IB to ESA support group without medical
“I want to thank you all for your clear guidance which kept me focussed as I plodded through the ESA50.”

IB to ESA support group without medical
“I would not have had a clue if it were not for this site and the moderators dedication to helping people who are trying to get to grips with the ever so complicated benefits system.”

IB to ESA support group without medical
“This would not have happened without your help, I now advise people to sign up. I can't thank you enough.”

DLA appeal success and ESA support group
“Big thanks everybody at B&W and all the advice on how to appeal a DLA claim.”

IB to ESA support group without medical
“Hi just to say a huge thank you for the wonderful guides and support.”

 ESA support group
“Without any doubt this successful outcome is due to the help and guidance provided in the B & W guides and the superb moderators”

ESA support group without medical
“I can't thank you enough for seeing me through this difficult time.”

Support group on appeal
“I don't think I could have gone through with the whole process if it hadn't of been for your advice & support. So from the bottom of my heart thank you toyou all at B&W.”

IB to ESA support group on review
“Many thanks for your guides - I followed them to the letter.”

Support group on appeal
“But Thank You, Thank You, THANK YOU BENEFITS AND WORK. You're life savers. I'll be recommending you to anyone who needs help applying for benefits. The best £20 I've ever spent.”

IB to ESA support group without medical
“I am in no doubt that success of my award is due to this informative and supportive website.”

DLA renewed without medical
“I would just like to thank all the Moderators and members who contribute so much to this fantastic site.”

Support group without medical
“Just a quick note to say thank you for providing a place for all the sick and disabled people of this country to get access to reliable information”

Support group after cancelled medical
“Our deep and sincere thanks to everyone at B&W.”

IB to ESA support group without medical
“Firstly a massive thank you for all of your help in the forum and in members sections.”

Support group without medical for a second time
“Thanks to all at B & W for all your help and the fantastic guides.”

Support group without medical
“Without any doubt would never have succeeded with claim without the excellent and comprehensive information ìn your site.”

Support group after medical
“Just wanted to let you know and say thank you to all the people who work so hard on this site helping us.”

IB to ESA support group without medical
“would like to take this opportunity to extend my gratitude to ‘Benefits & Work’ for the helpfulness of the information on the website”


Successful ESA appeal
“Just wanted to say a BIG thank you for this amazing site!”:)

Successful claim for DLA – higher rate mobility, low rate care

“Thank you so very much for your wonderful site!”

DLA supersession, high rate mobility and high rate care awarded indefinitely
“I am shaking and crying but for once with happiness and relief . . . I cannot thank you all enough for what you do”

DLA awarded at renewal for 2 years and at same rate, low rate mobility and middle rate care
“Would just like to say a massive THANK YOU for all your help”

Decision revised to ESA Support Group after appealing against IB to WRAG
“First of all i would like to say a big thank you to benefits and work”

Placed in ESA Support Group
“Thanks to the guides on the site they made filling In the ESA50 form a lot easier.”

Successful DLA claim, high rate mobility and high rate care awarded for 5 years
“I just want to thank everyone here, and especially the people who wrote the guides, for my DLA application being successful.”

Migrated from IB to ESA Support Group without medical assessment and DLA increased from low rate care to middle rate care and high rate mobility
“Thanks to everyone on the team at Benefits and Work.”

Unable to attend, but went from 0 to 15 points at ESA appeal

“Thank you for all the information and advice given by everyone at B&W.”

Placed in ESA Support Group after medical assessment
“Without the help of the guides and advice from members I would have been totally lost. I am a 51 yr old bloke but I cried when I put the phone down after getting the news yesterday.”

ESA reassessed without medical, staying in Support Group for another 18 months

“Thanks to all on this site - Steve, the wonderful Mods and all members.”

Success at ESA appeal, an extra 12 points awarded
“I just want to thank the creators of the site.”

Remaining in ESA Support Group for two years following reassessment, no medical
“A big thank you to all Mods for their invaluable advise, and also thank you to all members for their support.”

Moved from ESA WRAG to Support Group after requesting appeal
“Thanks to benefitsandwork for their great help.”

Placed in ESA Support Group after medical assessment
“Thank you so much to all at B&W.”

Placed in ESA Support Group for 18 months
“Please pass my thanks on to steve for this site, we would all be lost without it”

Successful migration from IB to ESA Support Group, for 3 years after recorded medical
“A huge heartfelt thanks for your dedication to helping members cope with an unfair and mean-spirited system.”

ESA decision revised after request for appeal, placed in Support Group

“Many thanks to everybody on the team”

DLA awarded indefinitely

“Could not have managed without your help.”

Placed in ESA Support Group without medical assessment
“would like to thank benefits and work forum for such good info.”

Migrated from IB to ESA Support Group without medical assessment for 3 year period
“I just wanted to say thank you for your excellent guides and moderators who have helped me get what I am entitled to.”

Moved from IB to ESA Support Group, no medical assessment
“I would like to thank the forum mod's and members for their support and the authors of the excellent b&w guides.”

Placed in ESA Support Group without a medical
“I could not have done it without the help from the guides on your website”

From IB to Support Group without medical
“I am absolutely certain this would not have been possible without your website and guides.”

Placed in ESA Support Group without medical
“my subscription ..was well worth it”

ESA reassessed, placed in Support Group for 2 years
“Thank you every one. Your advice and support so valued.”

Placed in ESA Support Group without medical assessment or having to supply extra medical evidence
“a humungous thank you to all the Mods on here”

Success at ESA appeal, nil to 15 points and placed in WRAG
“thank you very much for the help your guides gave to me”

Successful DLA supersession, awarded high rate mobility and high rate care for an indefinite period
“I can't recommend the excellent b&w guides enough.”

ESA Support Group again with no medical
“A HUGE thank you to everyone involved with this site, I've found it to be a professional and factual source of information. Keep up the good work ... you really do make a difference”

Success at IB to ESA appeal, from no award to Support Group
“We would like to say a very massive thank you to the moderators, advisers and everybody else who contributes to this community.”

From IB to ESA WRAG with no medical
“received letter today transferred from ib to esa without medical thanks to b&w”

DLA decision revised, high rate mobility and middle rate care awarded indefinitely
“Thank goodness for Benefits and Work, it really did help with anything I was unsure of. Thank you.”

Success at ESA appeal
“don't give up keep going and use B and W to help you”

Successful migration from IB to ESA on appeal after 0 points awarded
“Many thanks for all the help that this site has given me from the very start in completing my ESA50”

Transferred from IB to ESA Support Group without medical and for 2 years
“Just want to say what a great job B&W does as I followed everything they advised within the site. Great job moderators.”

Placed in ESA Support Group and DLA high rate mobility and low rate care awarded for another 2 years on renewal
“Just want to say thanks very much for all the advice from this forum, and the ESA and DLA guides.”

ESA Support Group after Healthcare Professional suspends medical assessment
“I would like to thank this site for the help and guidance”

High rate mobility and middle rate care awarded at DLA appeal
“you do a wonderful service for everybody and thank you again could not have done it without all your help”

Placed in ESA Support Group
“Just wanted to say a "huge thank you" to all moderators and members on the site, for all the help and support.”

DLA successfully renewed, award of high rate mobility and high rate care continued
“just like to thank everyone for their help and support, and the info and tips on this site.”

ESA Support Group without medical
“Just want to say a big thank you to this site and everyone here.”

Success at DLA appeal, low rate care awarded
“Thanks for all your good advice”

ESA appeal success, moved from WRAG to Support Group
“although I had my local welfare rights team support me. The guides on here and the advice from others here was far more useful.”

Placed in Support Group for ESA
“The information on this site and advice from forum moderators and members has been invaluable.”

ESA decision revised, moved from WRAG to Support Group
“Just a quick thank you to benefits and work for their sound advice.”

Moved from ESA WRAG to Support Group for 2 years
“transferred to esa from ib without a medical, using the wonderful guides”

Placed in ESA Support Group with no medical assessment
“Thanks to the great information on this wonderful site i was automatically placed in support group and no medical”

DLA middle rate care and low rate mobility and ESA Support Group

“Thank you all once again the guides were priceless in my case”

Migrated from IS to ESA Support Group without medical assessment
“Thank you all at benefits and work for the excellent guides”

DLA success, high rate mobility and middle rate care
“Many thanks B&W, well worth the subscription”

Placed in ESA Support Group and not called for medical assessment
“just wanted to say thank you to this site & the online guides”

Son’s DLA successfully renewed after reaching age 16

“Have used your fabulous guides and my son's DLA has been renewed for post 16”

From IB to ESA Support Group for 3 years
“I cannot thank your website enough, I studied your information guides and know that this would not have happened without your help”

Moved from IS to ESA Support Group without medical assessment
“I just wanted to say thanks for the helpful guides you offer.”

Indefinite award of high rate mobility and middle rate care DLA on renewal
“Just proves your guides really do work as all I did was follow the guide to the letter”

Transferred from IB to ESA Support Group
“Thanks Benefits and Work”

Placed in ESA Support Group for 2 years
“Thank you to benefits and work for helping me word the form in the correct way”

After 3 years of “hard struggle” placed in ESA Support Group
“a big thank you to you all for your help and advice”

0 points to Support Group on revision
“I am a bit disappointed if I am honest as I wanted to be in the WRAG group.”

Successful DLA claim for high rate mobility
“I couldn't have done it without using your guide to claiming DLA. I can't thank you enough!”

Migrated from IB to ESA Support Group
“Thanks to the wonderful guides and also the information provided by the Members and Mods/staff on the forum.”

ESA appeal success, 0 to 18 points
“Thanks for all the tips and help on here.”

DLA renewal, high rate mobility and low rate care awarded for indefinite period
“Once again thanks to everyone on this brilliant site.”

ESA support group after 2 years
“Thank you to everyone on this site for all your help, support and your advice.”

Placed in ESA Support Group in 11 working days

“I would have been lost without your great guides.”

Moved from WRAG to support group until 2015 after lodging appeal on IB to ESA transfer.
“May I take this oppertunity of thanking Steve,bro 58, and Gordon for their help.”

IB to ESA Support Group without medical assessment
“Thank you, thank you”

Successful ESA appeal, 0 to 18 points
“I would like to thank this site for the assistance the manuals and other comments provided”

Placed in ESA Support Group after 10 minutes at appeal
“sooooo tired but sooooooo happy”

Success at ESA appeal
“Thanks to the excellent advice on this board, I have just won my appeal for ESA”

IB to ESA: 0 points to Support Group with 5 minute appeal
“Many thanks to Steve, Holly and everyone else for the guides and all the excellent advice here which were a massive help in preparing all the paperwork for the appeal. This resulted in the hearing being only 5 minutes, with a similar wait for the decision notice to be prepared.”

DLA high rate care and mobility on new claim
“This is better than I could possibly expect, and was due to a mixture of your wonderful advice for filling in the form, and an understanding ATOS Doctor (didn't know they existed)."

Support group award
“I have just been awarded ESA in the Support Group and found the information and advice you provided invaluable . . . I also had my medical recorded in case I needed to appeal and this was no problem.”

From fit to work to support group after complaint
“For this, I owe everything to B&W. Thank you all!”

Migrated from IB to ESA WRAG with no medical assessment
“Thank you for much for your great and very helpful website - £20 very well spent.”

DLA high rate mobility and low rate care
“together with the B&W advice I got a result”

WRAG without medical, DLA high rate mobility and middle rate care renewed indefinitely

“A big thank you to B and W”

DLA high rate mobility, middle rate care on appeal
“Thankz 4 all help and advice I got from this website”

ESA Support Group after medical assessment
“I would like to wholeheartedly thank B&W for your invaluable assistance during my preparations.”


Success at ESA appeal, moved from WRAG to Support Group
“I'm not sure I would have felt the confidence to do this if it weren't for the B&W guides”

From IB to ESA Support Group without medical

“Thanks again for the very useful guides.”

Successful migration from IB to ESA Support Group, no medical assessment
“cannot thank you enough for the invaluable support you give with your guides and advice long may you continue”

0 to 28 points at ESA appeal
“Thanks to your succinct guides and quick helpful answers from Gordon”

DLA success, high rate mobility and low rate care awarded

“Just thought i would say a big thank you to this site”

Successful claims for DLA and ESA, high rates of both mobility and care awarded for DLA and placed in ESA Support Group
“Thank you to all here for helping me understand the questions on ESA and DLA.”

ESA Support Group without medical assessment, and DLA high rate mobility and middle rate care awarded indefinitely


Placed in ESA Support Group
"Thanks so much to Benefits and Work and the moderators on this forum"

IB to ESA Work-related Activity Group without medical
“Thank you for much for your great and very helpful website - £20 very well spent.”

Successful ESA appeal, moved from WRAG to Support Group
“The stress has been immense but we could not have managed without your wonderful site. Thank you.”

Kept in ESA Support Group after review, no medical
“Thanks again to B&W and all the Mods who provide an invaluable service – I have recently renewed my subscription, and I have no doubt that it is the best money that I have ever spent!”

Transferred to ESA Support Group without medical
“just like to thank this site and the folks that give their time and sound advice to us all”

Successful ESA appeal, 0 to 15 points

“Thanks to this site & it's members. Both have been very helpful”

Placed in ESA WRAG after medical assessment

“The guides on this site have been invaluable in helping with my claim”

Moved from IB to ESA Support Group without medical assessment
“I'm sure if this site didn't exist there would be a lot of us worse off. I thank you most sincerely.“

ESA tribunal success
“Thanks once again for the amount of advice and information this site has offered.”


Atos nurse stopped medical after 5 minutes and stated DWP would be advised to place claimant in ESA Support Group
“Could not of filled the ESA50 form in right if I hadn't of come across this site.”

Placed in ESA WRAG two weeks after medical
“Many thanks to B+W, the guides and advice were invaluable”

ESA successfully renewed after medical, placed in Support Group

“Thank you for the wonderful support of this site, the guides were the only way I could manage to get through the form filling”

Successful migration from IB to ESA Support Group without medical
“I just wanted to thank everyone here for the wonderful guides”

Severe ME - moved from WRAG to Support Group after reconsideration
“Big thanks to B&W and the B&W community which put me in an excellent position to obtain the correct outcome”

Successful migration from IS to ESA Support Group without medical
“I would have been lost without the b&w guides and support from the site.”

After 10 years on DLA lower rate mobility finally awarded higher rate
“I joined benefits & work about 6 months ago it was the best money I have ever spent.”

From ESA WRAG to Support Group on reconsideration on exceptional circumstance grounds
“Special thanks to B & W and help given, especially to Bro58 who pointed out some useful wording for me when my medical notes came”

Placed in ESA Support Group, no medical assessment
“I don’t think I could have done it without the help from this site.”

From IB to ESA WRAG, then Support Group on reconsideration without medical
“Thank you for the superb advice, B&W”

Placed in ESA Support Group without medical assessment
“A big, big thank you from me.”

From IB to ESA WRAG, then Support Group before appeal heard
“Big, big thank you to everyone on the boards and those compiling the guides”

Double appeal success: ESA 0 to 18 points; DLA middle rate care and low rate mobility
“A huge thank you to the B&W as if it wasn't for their wonderful advice I doubt very much I would have won.”

ESA Support Group without medical
“Another big ****THANK YOU**** has to go out to the folks at B&W, the guides, and the kind people who volunteer their time to help us out on this website.”

Migrated from IB to ESA Support Group
“I would like to thank the B & W team for all the excellent information they have provided”

IB to ESA WRAG without medical
“I just want to say thanks to Steve Donnison, all the Modulators and everybody else who helps to run the fantastic Benefitsandwork website.”

DLA successfully renewed and award made for 3 years

“Thank you to you all for your help.”

Moved from WRAG to Support Group on appeal

“I would like to thank everyone on here and b&w for the encouragement and information”