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TOPIC: Work Capability Assessment Result.

Work Capability Assessment Result. 11 months 2 weeks ago #170033

I wrote to the DWP asking to be moved from wrag to the support group of ESA as I had recently passed the Blue Badge test, been awarded PIP including higher rate for mobility, and Severe Disability Premium. I was told I would need a Work Capability Assessment. After WCA and waiting 4 weeks and 4 phone calls to DWP. I was phoned by the Decision Maker and told that I was found to be Capable of work. I said you "must be Joking" and reminded her that one of the Descriptors scored 15 points if you can only walk under 50 metres. She said that I had ticked the box for up to 50 metres. I said there wasn't the option for under 50 metres. So she said that she would change the decision and keep me in the Work Related group. I couldn't convince her to put me in the Support Group but she said I would be able to ask for a mandatory revision. I said that would put me at risk of taking away the work related decision, but she said that was unlikely once she had made the decision.
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Work Capability Assessment Result. 11 months 2 weeks ago #170058


I am afraid that I have concerns over the validity of your WRAG award based on what you have posted.

ESA is not a walking test, it is a Mobility test! In addition to your walking it considers your ability to self-propel a manual wheelchair over the same distances, you do not need to be using a wheelchair or even to own one for it to be considered. SO even if you can show your walking is restricted, unless you can also show that you cannot self-propel the wheelchair you will still not score points.

If you have not shown that you could not use a wheelchair or that such usage would be restricted then the Decision to place you back in the WRAG, if based on the Mobility activity, is faulty and I think there would be a real risk of the Fit for Work Decision being reinstated.

This does not mean that you cannot challenge the Decision but you will need to re-evaluate the information you have so far supplied to ensure that it shows that you meet a Support Group Descriptor.


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