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New ESA50 claim form on the way

The DWP has announced that a new ESA50 form is to be introduced early in 2015.

The Limited Capability for Work (ESA50) questionnaire has to be filled in by claimants as part of their Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claim.

According to the December edition of the DWP Stakeholder Bulletin:

“The form will make it clearer that a range of information from a variety of care professionals can be a valuable contribution when assessing eligibility for ESA.

“The new form will list the types of evidence or information claimants could send which may help show how their health condition or disability affects their ability to do things on a daily basis, as well as listing the things they don’t need to send.

“Claimants will be encouraged to provide information they are likely to already have, but may not be aware can be used as evidence to support their claim. Claimants will be told that they are not required to get any new or specially prepared information and DWP cannot refund any costs involved if they do get this."

Benefits and Work will be producing guides to completing the new form as soon as we can get hold of a copy.

Comments  

#21 lynda Bausor 2016-09-28 17:11
I have received this new form. The problem I have. I saw my consultant in 2007,who diagnosed fibro. I have no up to date paperwork,as I have heard nothing from my consultant since she diagnosed me. My Doc,has put me on Tramadol/gabape ntin for pain relating to Fibromyalgia. I also been diagnosed with multiple personality disorder and take venlafaxine 225mg Quetiapine 150mg to help me sleep,as I suffer insomnia through Fibro amongst many others that come with fibromyalgia. I also have underactive Thyroid. Levothyroxine 200 daily. I don't know what Evidence I can obtain(paperwor k) for the new ESA50 PLEASE HELP!!!!
#20 angela 2015-12-31 01:30
Quoting alf:
i have just received ESA50 CAPABILITY FOR WORK QUESTIONNAIRE I don't now how to fill it out can anyone be able to help me with this questionnaire. I am worried i will fill it in wrong.

The best advise i can give is to go to on of the advice centres if you are in doubt one mistake could make all the diffents to yout claim
#19 alf 2015-12-30 15:19
i have just received ESA50 CAPABILITY FOR WORK QUESTIONNAIRE I don't now how to fill it out can anyone be able to help me with this questionnaire. I am worried i will fill it in wrong.
#18 pat newman 2015-01-27 17:48
to Sussieq666, in respect of whether you should send in the evidence you have (5 yearsold) If I were u just send the evidence, if they want up to date evidence then tell them to contact your GP for it. Why should you have to do the work for them....
#17 Sussieq666 2015-01-27 17:10
went to the doctor yesterday to get them to write a report, she told me that I should send in outdated medical evidence and she would write a short letter explaining that my daughters condition will never change...do you think this would be sufficient with the filled form? the evidence is from years ago
#16 Sussieq666 2015-01-27 17:07
I don't know if this is the new form, its the first one ive needed to do
#15 pat newman 2015-01-25 20:38
I too have a son who has asd(asperger syndrome) and want to know what happens when my son answers the questions with "i don't know" which he is more than likely to say. What group will he end up in .
#14 pat newman 2015-01-25 20:33
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ive just received my daughters form, and there are questions in there that are totally irrelevant due to her condition...so hard to explain and because she is autistic, she isn't seen on a regular basis....what to do?
Is this the "New form" you have received?
#13 j112009 2015-01-17 20:19
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ive just received my daughters form, and there are questions in there that are totally irrelevant due to her condition...so hard to explain and because she is autistic, she isn't seen on a regular basis....what to do?
Is this the "New form" you have received?
+1 #12 Christine Bryce 2015-01-15 16:05
Seems to me that you are damned if you are to send professional letters at your own cost and damned if you don't!..Will wait and see what they try to get away with this time around.
#11 Sussieq666 2015-01-13 15:15
ive just received my daughters form, and there are questions in there that are totally irrelevant due to her condition...so hard to explain and because she is autistic, she isn't seen on a regular basis....what to do?
+3 #10 Banzai 2014-12-18 19:58
What do you do if you ain't got a trick cyclist or a consultant? Spoze the logic will be that there ain't much wrong with you . . . .
Crafty....nts
+3 #9 nigelharrison516@msn.com 2014-12-17 23:11
While we are on the subject,let me reiterate the importance of obtaining any written evidence you may obtain from a hospital consultant or similar professional.Yo ur consultant will often correspond to your GP,make him or her aware that you would like a copy.Also ask your GP if he has any letters that have been sent from the hospital consultant.This evidence can make all the difference to your claim,however you must scrutinise this evidence as to whether or not it will help your case.Make sure you keep a log of any appointments you have had,and also the dates of when you send a form back to the DWP,from experience I have learnt that it is best to send by recorded delivery.
+4 #8 jleb 2014-12-17 21:36
Problem is that neither my GP nor my consultant will issue letters unless requested by the DWP. Catch 22. !
+4 #7 Emma Samways 2014-12-17 20:27
This will cause more high stress and anxiety for my fiance and myself as his carer like it did the two years previous.We also have a sixteen year old son who is studying for his Alevels.Doesn't the government realise the damage it causes to individuals and to families.This is so cruel and heartless but then they don't have a heart do they?
+1 #6 j112009 2014-12-17 18:48
Does anyone know when early next year this new form will be sent? I'm due for a reassessment ( my esa lasts until beginning of april) so I'm expecting an ESA50 in January. Will we have the new guides available by then? Thanks.
+5 #5 justanotherday2 2014-12-17 12:24
Sounds like classic "passing the buck" to me: they have been told by the Courts that THEY need to back up decisions with medical evidence THEY obtain in Mental health claims to comply with the Equality Act, so instead of requesting the info THEY need to make fair decisions, they put the onus on claimants to find the elusive info THEY require to make their decision? Simply not good enough DWP. You go seek the info YOU require or reimburse claimants' costs of doing your work for you...saves Maximus farce too if you just go to GPs and Consultants and HCP in the first place instead of the charade of "medicals".
+2 #4 buster 2014-12-17 11:04
Call me cynical but I'm guessing this is just another attempt to make it even harder to make a successful claim. As a casual observer, I can't help noticing the DWP's relentless panic stricken drive to "move the goalposts" at every available opportunity.

Also, some are saying that PIP forms are similarly going to be changed early next year?

Just linking to a recent post of mine on B&W about EHCP's for potential PIP and ESA claimants under 25 years of age - I wonder if EHCP's are indeed going to be included in the DWP's new
list of types of evidence?
+3 #3 angela 2014-12-17 10:47
More forms do we need any more?
+5 #2 micksville 2014-12-17 08:05
On further reading of this it sounds like theyre trying to deter claimants from providing new or expertly prepared info, though it suggests that could be sent, but you couldn't claim costs back for this, which suggests that such info, if sent anyway would have to be taken into account.

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