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TOPIC: ESA

ESA 9 months 4 weeks ago #174784

Chocky wrote: I still don't know what this means, if anyone can help please ?
I'm also sure that I saw somewhere, DWP can still demand an assessment even if the assessment centre has sent it back to them stating I don't need one ?


They can but I cannot recall the last time I saw this happen.

Gordon

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ESA 9 months 1 day ago #177155

Hi, it's been a while since I posted but I've still not had any response from DWP. I did call them a few days after receiving the info about not needing to attend the assessment and I was advised that it may take a couple of weeks for them to decide if they 'invite / accept me' to receive their benefit.
My question is .....Do I have a choice ?
Also, if I do get 'invited / accepted', it seems that ESA is paid at a higher rate than the SDA I'm still claiming, so (without sounding greedy) would I receive any difference in payment from my initial claim back in March 2016, or do I just transfer from one original named entitlement to the new one ?
Thanks in advance.

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ESA 9 months 18 hours ago #177174

Chocky

No you cannot remain on SDA!

Your payments under ESA cannot be less than they were under SDA, if your ESA is less than what you are currently receiving then you will receive an additional payment to make up the difference, although I think this is unlikely as the rates for SDA are less than those for ESA.

Once a Decision is made then you will moved to ESA and paid the ESA rate for your circumstances, it will apply from the date that the Decision is made. There will be no backdating.

Gordon
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ESA 9 months 9 hours ago #177252

Thanks for your response Gordon. In effect then the DWP have forced me to apply for a different entitlement (I don't like to consider them as 'benefits') .....Then they made me wait from March until November before I received any contact, at which point they chose to ignore my request for a home visit. We then call them stating that a home visit would be necessary, only to be advised that we would need a fax from my GP to that effect. ...... I think you can understand where I'm going with this. Since they cancelled my 'assessment' due to fax from GP (late November) I still have not had any contact. I'm beginning to wonder if this is because ESA pays more than SDA ? If it should be the other way round however, I wonder if DWP would delay for so long ? ..... Just a thought. ..... Any thoughts on this anyone ?

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ESA 8 months 4 weeks ago #177282

I think it is easy to blame conspiracy where the real cause is inefficiency, lack of training, over work etc.

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ESA 8 months 4 weeks ago #177391

I wasn't really suggesting a conspiracy here, but rather making the point that as it appears my payments will increase, the delay seems to be considerably long. If however my payments were to reduce by amount, I would be informed very quickly and have to accept the deduction with immediate effect.

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