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TOPIC: ESA Mandatory Reconsideration, Can i add info?

ESA Mandatory Reconsideration, Can i add info? 1 week 6 days ago #174668

i am new to this forum i attended a face2face assesment on the 4th november just today i received a call from DWP telling me they have stopped my ESA support group which i was already in i attended the assesment with aids cructhes im suffer from severe back pain ,Keratoconus Cornea Transplant had a operation and now have developed cataracts in both of my eyes im almost blind also suffers with hemorrhoid all awaithing treatment and operation in my eye toric len implant i don.t wear any glasses or contacts due to cornea transplant
i explained to the assessor i need caring all the time which my mother and brother help me im in alot a pain and stress losing weight bleeding i explained this a the medical im bed bidded alot most of the day and have suicidal thoughts blackouts depression and anxiety i can't go out without someone being with me due to pain and blindness depression and anxiety i have never done a Mandatory Reconsideration before could someone please help me dealing with this or what to do now DWP told me they are going to send a letter today in post
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ESA Mandatory Reconsideration, Can i add info? 1 week 6 days ago #174699

  • Gordon
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Welcome to the forum, you might want to have a look at the following FAQ which explain where everything is

Welcome to Benefits and Work

I have moved your post to it's own topic we ask members not post their questions in other member's topics, it's not fair on the original poster and it can easily lead to the wrong advice being given or taken.

You say you have lost your Support Group award, were you found Fit for Work or placed in the WRAG?

The first stage to challenging a Decision is for you to request a Mandatory Reconsideration, this needs to be done in writing to the DWP, within one month of the Decision, to the office that dealt with your claim, have a look at our ESA MR & Appeal guide for details of the process, the ESA area also has template letters that you can use to make the request with.

www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/help-for-claimants/esa1

You should contact the DWP for a copy of the assessment report (ESA85) if you have not already done so, I would phone them but again follow up the request in writing. Once you have the assessment report you will have a better understanding of how the DWP Decision Maker has come to their conclusions and will then be able to argue against them.

Your primary task is to show that you meet the criteria, there are many reasons you may have failed, you need to address each of these but don't get bogged down in criticising the assessment report unless you can clearly show that it is incorrect, it is a lot easier to argue the facts of the situation;

"the assessor recorded that I walked 50m, I did but they have failed to document that I had to stop every 10m for a rest due to breathlessness"

than their opinions

"based on my observations of the claimant walking I believe that they can reliably walk more than 200m.

When you have a better idea of the issues with your claim, come back to the forum and we will do our best to help.

Gordon
Nothing on this board constitutes legal advice - always consult a professional about specific problems
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