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TOPIC: ESA

ESA 2 months 2 weeks ago #168993

Hi everyone,

I am being assessed again for ESA. I am in the Support Group and was last assessed in October 2013. I know I have been lucky to be get away for so long even though I am not going to get any better. I was wondering if there were any major changes in ESA since 2013, I have read the January 2016 guide and don't see any changes. I was going to copy my 2013 answers on to this form as my conditions have not changed and get up to date medical letters from my GP and Consultant and enclose those also. Do you think this would be ok?

Thank you for any advice.
Jessica
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ESA 2 months 2 weeks ago #169003

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Jessica wrote:
Hi everyone,

I am being assessed again for ESA. I am in the Support Group and was last assessed in October 2013. I know I have been lucky to be get away for so long even though I am not going to get any better. I was wondering if there were any major changes in ESA since 2013, I have read the January 2016 guide and don't see any changes. I was going to copy my 2013 answers on to this form as my conditions have not changed and get up to date medical letters from my GP and Consultant and enclose those also. Do you think this would be ok?

Thank you for any advice.
Jessica

There have been no changes to the ESA Descriptors and Regulations since you were last assessed but there have been some updates to the DWP guidance, in particular for Regulations 29 and 35.

Even though your conditions have not changed and the ESA criteria remains the same I would advise you to look at your previous answers in conjunction with the current Claim guides to make sure that you are providing the best answers that you can.

As it has been three years since you were last assessed any evidence that dates from this time will not carry much weight unless you can clearly show that it still applies something that you may not have done on your last form.

Gordon
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ESA 2 months 2 weeks ago #169070

Thank you Gordon, much appreciated.

Jessica
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ESA 2 months 2 weeks ago #169073

Can I ask what the main difference between DLA and ESA is? I'm just afraid of getting them mixed up.

Thanks
Jessica
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ESA 2 months 2 weeks ago #169074

Hi Jessica,

ESA is an income-replacement benefit for people who are unable to work due to illness and/or disability.

DLA (now being replaced by PIP) is paid to help with the costs associated with long-term disability and/or health problems.

It is not am either/or situation, it is perfectly possible to receive both.
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Last Edit: 2 months 2 weeks ago by Mrs Hurtyback.
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ESA 2 months 2 weeks ago #169080

Thank you Mrs Hurtyback. Yes I claim both. Am I right in thinking then that the onus is on me to describe my health conditions and what they restict me doing and the help I need.
Sorry for all the questions, I know I need to get this ESA form started but my brain seems to have gone to mush.

Thanks again
Jess
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