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TOPIC: Put in my claim for ESA today.

Put in my claim for ESA today. 7 years 3 months ago #14646

Hello everyone :)

This morning I received my SSP1 form from my employer so called up ESA and I was told I could apply over the phone.
50 minutes later I was all done and luckily I got through to a very friendly and helpful chap. He told me his wife also suffers with ME/CFS and gave me some advice about my DLA forms, which I also ordered this morning so they should be with me in the next few days.
He did advise me to say that there was a backlog with the DLA and I should expect to wait about 6 weeks for a decision.

I've also found a Welfare Rights voluntary organisation in my area and I will be calling them tomorrow as they are only open 3 mornings a week.

I just have a couple of questions.
I was told by the chap I spoke to I will have a letter within 2 weeks confirming that my application for ESA is being processed and it will start on the date my SSP runs out (20/02/10), but after that I'm really not sure what will happen.
Also, although my SSP runs out on 20/02, I get paid in arrears so won't actually receive that last payment until 12/03 will this be when ESA is paid to me, or will it be from 20/02?

I'm already worrying about the medicals I'll have to have, will I have seperate ones for both ESA and DLA or will they use one result for the other?

I'm hoping with the support from here and the amazing advice in the members area and (hopefully!) a welfare advisor my applications will go smoothly, but I'm not getting too hopeful!

Thank you :)

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Re:Put in my claim for ESA today. 7 years 3 months ago #14649

ESA and DLA are two separate benefits and as such they command separate medicals if the need arises.

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