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TOPIC: good news on ESA

good news on ESA 7 years 2 weeks ago #12983

  • worldgirl
I filled in an ESA50 about three weeks ago and was anxiously awaiting the Atos healthcare appointment. I passed the last Atos tests to go in the work-related group but the doctor had said I could return to work in three months. This is puzzling since I have arthritis which has spread further now, plus I was in accident last month.

I filled in the ESA50 again, meticulous, followed all rules of Benefits and Work publications, was very specific and yesterday got a DWP letter saying I have been placed in the work-related group for another year! With no Atos medical! What a relief, given the difficulty so many people are having in this awful system.

Many thanks, Benefits and Work!
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Re:good news on ESA 7 years 2 weeks ago #12984

Hi worldgirl,


Congratulations and thanks for letting us have your good news.

So this was your second assessment? I didn't realise we were already starting to have ESA 'veterans'. How long ago was your first assessment?

Steve
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Re:good news on ESA 7 years 2 weeks ago #12985

  • worldgirl
Hi Steve - yes, it was my second ESA50. I filled in the original in late May, I think (I had applied in early April and was on the assessment rate). My Atos WCA was in the first part of July. In fairness, I did get an orthopaedics doctor of some kind, who spoke good English and was courteous, although I understand that is not the norm. I passed to go into the WRAG.

He said a return to work could be considered in about three months, though bizarrely the reason given was that my health was likely to deteriorate! Re-reading his report, I am not clear whether the decision maker came down on my side to give me ESA.

I received the second ESA50 in early October but due to amassing paperwork and recovery from an accident plus the postal strike only got it in a month later. I have been to about six work-focused interviews, although they have not been too bad.

I certainly could not have navigated through it all without B&W publications, though.
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Re:good news on ESA 7 years 2 weeks ago #12991

Hi Worldgirl,

So whilst some people are waiting months and months for their first medical, others with deteriorating conditions are being assessed twice within six months.

No wonder they're getting so far behind with assessing people for ESA.

Still, I'm glad you found the guides helpful.

Steve
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