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TOPIC: esa50 form

esa50 form 7 months 3 weeks ago #169396

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tintack wrote: On a related note, how could the DWP dismiss old evidence simply because it's old, while explicitly telling people not to send in new evidence - in other words, effectively telling people that they need only send old evidence? :huh:


Their argument is that it is an assessment of how you are now, old evidence can only attest to how you were! The reality is that many claimants have conditions that do not change, so the old evidence is still relevant, or conditions that deteriorate so the old evidence provides a stake in the ground as to how they were.

It's important to understand that the DWP are always hopeful that any condition can be cured and failing that, that the claimant can adapt to their circumstances.

Gordon

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esa50 form 7 months 3 weeks ago #169406

Gordon wrote: Their argument is that it is an assessment of how you are now, old evidence can only attest to how you were!


In which case, if it's an assessment of how you are now, surely it makes sense to ask for new evidence - I was right, logic is definitely not the DWP's strong point!

I think it's abundantly clear that I need to send an updated report, whether or not I can get it in time to send with the ESA50.

It's important to understand that the DWP are always hopeful that any condition can be cured and failing that, that the claimant can adapt to their circumstances.

Gordon


Yes, it does seem that "I Believe In Miracles" is the DWP's anthem.

Thanks for your help Gordon. :)

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esa50 form 6 months 23 hours ago #174408

Well, I managed to get an updated report from my consultant confirming that there has been no change in my condition since my last reassessment. There would therefore seem to be little point in calling me for a face-to-face, but that's what they're doing anyway. Got the letter this morning. :angry:

The letter says that I have to take either a passport or three other forms of ID, such as a birth certificate, driving licence or utility bill. That could be difficult - my passport is years out of date, I don't drive, and it's not me who pays the utility bills. I do have a birth certificate, but I'm wondering what else I could take. I'm not keen on the idea of showing them a bank statement since that is none of their business. I do have a credit card, debit card, a hospital letter, a building society statement, and a Simply Health claim form which has my name and address on it. Would these be OK?

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esa50 form 6 months 23 hours ago #174411

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Just because your passport has expired it does not mean that you cannot use it providing the photograph is still recognisable as being you.

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esa50 form 6 months 22 hours ago #174416

Gordon wrote: Tintack

Just because your passport has expired it does not mean that you cannot use it providing the photograph is still recognisable as being you.

Gordon


Thanks Gordon. Would the other things I mentioned be useable as well?

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esa50 form 6 months 18 hours ago #174440

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tintack wrote: Thanks Gordon. Would the other things I mentioned be useable as well?


They should be fine, they want photo ID to ensure that it is you and a current "official" letter to show your address.

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