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TOPIC: work related group to support group

work related group to support group 1 year 1 month ago #187091

I've just been turned down on my mandatory reconsideration to be placed in the support group, my benefit is due to end in November, I suffer from non-epileptic blackouts, depression and fibromyalgia, I am going to have to appeal it as I can't work and won't be entitled to any other benefits but i'm so confused by it all and is there any point in putting myself through an appeal

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work related group to support group 1 year 1 month ago #187124


I assume that you are currently in the WRAG and receiving ESA(CB) which is due to end in November due to the 365 day rule.

Have you checked your eligibility for Income Related ESA?

I can't tell you whether to appeal or not, you obviously think that you meet one or more of the Descriptors for the Support Group or you would not have requested an MR. Revision rates at this stage of the process are very low, the rate at appeal is a lot higher (60%+), so if you think you have a good case then you should consider this option.

The ESA Appeal guide has links to the SSCS1 form that you will need to complete and the Submissions guide has a complete example that you can use to help you fill it in, you do not need to provide detailed reasons at this stage for your request.


Once your appeal is accepted the DWP will prepare their submission to the hearing and send you a copy, whilst you should wait until you receive this to finish and submit your own, you should start to prepare your own case, an increased award will only be made by your showing that you score the extra points for one, so I would start by going back through your PIP2, the assessment report and the PIP Claim guide to see how you might show this is the case.

If you have further questions then please reply to this post and we will do our best to help.


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