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TOPIC: abnormal delays in esa assessmet phase ??/

abnormal delays in esa assessmet phase ??/ 7 years 2 weeks ago #12898

  • Missy1
I am wondering if anyone else has had abnormal delays in their esa entitlement. I started claiming esa in april, medical assessment in july and esa dissallowed in sept decision made based on my medical report, then got to wait 11 weeks or more for tribunal...that means I have actually been on the assessment rate of esa for 7 months, despite going to work focused interviews since june ? I am starting to wonder whether these delays are a deliberate attempt to not pay the work related activity or support component. I am also starting to wonder why my medical report stated that I should be considered for work related activity within 3 months, yet the decision maker decided I was not entitled to esa at all, despite the fact I have anxiety and depression that was so bad I took voluntary redundancy. I would just like to know if this seems normal and if anyone else has had to wait this long for a decision to be made ?
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Re:abnormal delays in esa assessmet phase ??/ 7 years 2 weeks ago #12914

Hi Missy1,

I'm afraid that from everything I've read abnormal delays are actually normal. No pilots were done for ESA so they had no idea how long medicals would take and it appears there aren't enough trained health professionals to get through the work.

Many people seem to have had all of their Pathways interviews before they even have their medical to decide if they are eligible for ESA and whether they should be in the support group.

No extra money was provided to the tribunal service even though they knew there would be a big increase in appeals. So appeals are also taking a long time to come through.

Steve
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Re:abnormal delays in esa assessmet phase ??/ 7 years 1 week ago #13067

Hello Missy1,
Like yourself I have been Claiming esa since April and I have my medical tomorrow so thats about 30 weeks. A lady rang on Thursday to see if I will attend and also to ask what age I was. When I told her that I was 63 she said I will have to attend!!!!!????
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Re:abnormal delays in esa assessmet phase ??/ 7 years 1 week ago #13070

  • Missy1
For gods sake 63 ? Have they no shame ? most people advise you take someone with you, so its best you do. Good luck, you might want to take the approach of saying ur fit as a fiddle and you want to work for them ? God only knows what ticks in Atos employees brains.........
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Re:abnormal delays in esa assessmet phase ??/ 7 years 1 week ago #13092

  • njalondon
I'm now in my fifth week waiting for a DM to decide what's what with my ESA claim, oddly my DLA which was received a week and a half before my medical was decided at high rate care and low mob for 2 years without sending a doctor to visit me. I can only imagine it was from the medical report that was receieved so I'm optimistic at this point. If anyone else has any ideas as to what has happened I'd be curious to know.

Also how long does it take for the premiums to be backdated? I sent in the form last Thursday.
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