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ESA reassessments to begin again

Many thanks to a number of members who pointed out this post on the Rightsnet forum:

“This has just come through from operational stakeholders –

“We wanted to update you on a recent decision by DWP to start to refer some people for repeat Work Capability Assessments from 1 December 2015. As you are probably aware, in January 2014 a decision was taken to suspend the referral of routine repeat assessments (apart from people who felt that there had been a change in their condition that might have led to an increase in their benefit).

“Centre for Health and Disability Assessment (CHDA) began delivering the Work Capability Assessments on behalf of the Department in March 2015 and there is now capacity to start to conduct some repeat assessments alongside new claim assessments. The Department is committed to continuously improving the Work Capability Assessment and will monitor the situation closely.

“There are no changes to the Work Capability Assessment process, however, some people will now start to be called in for reassessment to ensure they are receiving the appropriate rate of benefit and support to return to work where appropriate. DWP wanted to make you aware of this operational decision so that you are able to continue to provide the most appropriate support to the people you represent.”

We don’t have any further details as yet, but we’ll keep you posted.

Comments  

#15 Robert 2016-03-24 13:35
Quoting Robert:
Just got my esa50 form again,White envelope caught me of guard.Only last week i had a wc interview with my advisor.My advisor said i would not be asked to attend again for another 6 months.So you can imagine i am not happy getting this bloody form a few days later.


Update on my WC ESA. just had my WC appointment letter.I Have to go for reassessment next month April from first receiving the ESA form in December last year.Dam i thought i was in the clear. I don't no whether i have to collect all my medical records again and take them with me.
#14 apricot 2016-03-01 14:27
Quoting flower14:
I got my esa assessment form in today and I am still under treatment from the hospital and was also had MRSA and Fungal infection making me unsuitable for surgery. My GP is concerned about my mental state. I dont want to go back through reassessment due to what happened the last time. i am in the support group can anyone help.

I'm so sorry to hear you are having such a hard time. To ask for help, I think you need to sign in and click on 'forum' in the left hand column. Best wishes.
#13 flower14 2016-03-01 13:03
I got my esa assessment form in today and I am still under treatment from the hospital and was also had MRSA and Fungal infection making me unsuitable for surgery. My GP is concerned about my mental state. I dont want to go back through reassessment due to what happened the last time. i am in the support group can anyone help.
#12 CheshireGuy2016 2016-02-23 17:59
Hi.I got put in SG August 2013 for Three years.CB ESA.Rang DWP today and was told a date that an ESA 50 will be sent out to me-22nd August 2016.Thought ESA Reassessments were being deffered? In my case mine is not being deffered.
#11 centreduba 2016-01-30 19:50
Quoting Adam Law:
I received my ESA50 reassessment yesterday. I have been in the support Group for three years and received the reassessment ESA50 three years to the date when I first claimed.


Yes same here and l have just received a letter back and l have been put in the support group again with no set date on when they will re-access me again.
#10 Adam Law 2016-01-30 08:24
I received my ESA50 reassessment yesterday. I have been in the support Group for three years and received the reassessment ESA50 three years to the date when I first claimed.
#9 Ann 2015-12-24 14:14
I've just had my ESA form too, after just receiving PIP, can't they correlate the info! Also just received letter from DWP asking me to go to Jobdentre for meeting?? Any advise?
#8 john montgomery 2015-12-17 18:27
White envelope fell through the door also caught of guard did not expect it capability to for work do they not understand when something is permanent and won't get better
:sad: need to look at guide for it
Have a merry Xmas
+4 #7 apricot 2015-12-16 17:46
Quoting Simon Balfre:
I recall Mr Cameron saying twice before the 2010 election that he would protect the most vulnerable members of society from the worst of the austerity measures. Can't he be challenged on the fact everything he's done or ordered to be done has been the complete opposite of what he promised?


Yes, he can be challenged, in PMQs for example. I joined the Labour Party because Jeremy Corbyn seriously represents people as opposed to just thinking about his own career and where the votes are. He asks members to submit the questions we would like asked, and refers to some of these questions in PMQs.

Of course he can't ask all of the questions, but it is a way of finding out what matters to us, and he does remind Cameron that there are real people's lives at stake.
+1 #6 Steve R 2015-12-16 17:38
Robert, that is normal practice, the DWO won't talk internally and it is probably in the redacted part of the ATOS and CHDA contracts that they must also have no internal communication either.
The number of times I received appointment letters when other people were already dealing with my assessment appointments is frustrating, I then had to spend a fortune on the phone listening to the ode to unjoy or the ATOS/CHDA equivalents repeating myself, again. I think I will have to use the Michelle line from Allo Allo, " I will say this once only". I record all my telephone calls when I am dealing with any of these people and ensure that assessments are recorded, if they won't let me then I write a verbatim record, that takes a long time as I can't speed write or do shorthand, so my assessments have to be allotted a bigger timeslot or they won't be completed, but I will be in too much pain to continue anyway.
It has taught me to NEVER believe anything they say, they lie, it is standard practice. .
+3 #5 Robert 2015-12-16 16:22
Just got my esa50 form again,White envelope caught me of guard.Only last week i had a wc interview with my advisor.My advisor said i would not be asked to attend again for another 6 months.So you can imagine i am not happy getting this bloody form a few days later.
+2 #4 Steve R 2015-12-16 13:33
I have finally received my PIP, Standard living and enhanced mobility. Now I have an ESA assessment, this was going on at the same time and finally set for January. It took many attempts to make them get it right, they booked appointments at inappropriate centres and dates, while I was waiting for a home visit date, they are totally disorganised and fail to actually call first so they don't clash with MORE important medical appointments. It is a waste of time and money to send me for a 2nd assessment when I have just received PIP, which took 2 attempts before they finally realised I was stuck indoors without help from a friend. I have made it clear that it WILL be recorded as the second time someone lied, regarding my PIP which I have got on tape and will be raising formal complaints to both ATOS and the maternity nurses professional body. How on earth could they think a disabled man is pregnant is beyond me, but stupidity reigns at ATOS.
My PIP assessment process with ATOS has been a nightmare and now I have been supplied with a copy of the Chief Medical Officers guidelines on recording assessments, deliberately designed to prevent it, since nobody on benefits can afford to buy the equipment they specify, therefore contradicting what Mike Penning said to the DWP committee on 11th December 2013 and these "guidelines" have been in force since 2011, so he lied to Parliament because he knew then it was not possible for any normal claimant to meet them.
+7 #3 Simon Balfre 2015-12-16 12:18
I recall Mr Cameron saying twice before the 2010 election that he would protect the most vulnerable members of society from the worst of the austerity measures. Can't he be challenged on the fact everything he's done or ordered to be done has been the complete opposite of what he promised?
+3 #2 James 2015-12-16 10:54
I have already had my ESA50 form to fill in again. Wonder what they will make of it this time. Nothing has changed so appeal here we come, again
+3 #1 Paul M Cronk 2015-12-15 12:31
I notice they've re-started this process after the General Election. Probably thought it would lose them votes in the run-up, hence the suspension.

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