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- Royal College of Nursing
- Spinal Injuries Association
- Chesterfield Law Centre
- Stephenson’s Solicitors
- Birmingham Citizens Advice Bureau
- Manchester City Council Sensory Provision Team
Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) appeals
“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.”
As our members so often prove:
just because you’ve been found capable of work and given no points by the DWP, that doesn’t mean you can’t get employment and support allowance (ESA) on appeal. And just because you've been placed in the work-related activity group (WRAG), that doesnt mean you can't be moved into the support group.
0 to 28 points at ESA appeal
“Thanks to your succinct guides and quick helpful answers from Gordon”
ESA appeal won, 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.”
Successful ESA appeal, 0 to 18 points
“I would like to thank this site for the assistance the manuals and other comments provided”
Won at ESA appeal tribunal, moved from WRAG to Support Group for ME/CFS
“I'm not sure I would have felt the confidence to do this if it weren't for the B&W guides”
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.”
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The reality is that around 8,000 people a month currently lodge an appeal against an employment and support allowance (ESA) decision and according to Tribunal Service statistics about 40% of those people - over 3,000 - will win their appeal.
So, appealing to a tribunal about your ESA is DEFINITELY NOT a waste of time.
Improve your chances at your ESA appeal tribunal
And that’s true no matter what the Atos doctor or nurse might have written about you in the medical report and no matter how few points you scored.
But there are many things you can do to improve your chances of success at your appeal hearing. For example:
- Ask for an oral hearing – the success rate at paper hearings is very low indeed.
- Make sure you know all the appeal deadlines and don’t miss any of them.
- Go through every point scoring descriptor in the test using our guides, to decide if there are any points you could ask the tribunal for that you didn’t realise might apply when you filled out your questionnaire.
- Look at the safety-net ‘exceptional circumstances’ regulations and decide whether any of them might apply to you.
- Submit supporting medical and non-medical evidence for your ESA appeal.
- Watch a hearing before attending yours, so you know exactly what happens at a tribunal first-hand.
- Be aware of the importance of issues like how you travel to the appeal hearing and the clothes you wear.
Our unique, highly detailed guides will take you step-by-step through the entire process of appealing to a tribunal and ensure that you give yourself the best possible chance of getting the correct decision.
ESA appeal won, 0 to 15 point for CFS and depression
“Thanks to this site & it's members. Both have been very helpful”
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”
From IB to ESA WRAG, then Support Group on reconsideration without medical
“Thank you for the superb advice, B&W”
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”
Moved from WRAG to Support Group on appeal
“I would like to thank everyone on here and b&w for the encouragement and information”
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