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TOPIC: Waiting times

Waiting times 5 months 1 week ago #189070

I sent my es50 form back on the 28th March ,2 days before the cut off point .I have been in the support group for three years ,with the current award ending in June but at what date I have no idea.I am in dread of the envelope arriving every day and it's been seven weeks and I have not heard anything. I was expecting a letter with a date for a face to face assessment, although last time I was placed in the support group without a f2f assessment. I am worried that the current award will run out before they have organised everything, can you tell me is it normal to wait so long for a appointment letter.I begin to hope I might avoid a f2f but you said it's most unlikely to have a reassment without af2f.I know if I think I won't have one I will be sealing my fate.The stress is making my anxiety and depression worse so I just wondered if you could shed some light on whether this 7 week period ,hearing nothing is normal Thank you so much

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Waiting times 5 months 1 week ago #189103

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There are still considerable delays in the ESA assessment process so it could be some time before anybody looks at your file to decide whether an assessment is require or not.

ESA is an indefinite award with regular reassessment so your current award will remain in payment until a new Decision is made.

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Waiting times 5 months 1 week ago #189201

I don't know what I would do without your help,I did not know esa continued at the present level after the date they told me ,until a decision is made,obviously I still live in hope of a f2f not being carried out a most unpleasant experience I have been through as they don't seem to write what you are telling them.Is there a legal way to record a f2f so if you go to tribunal like I have and it's your word against there's at least you can prove if they have recorded your answers properly and truthfully thanks ,Gary

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Waiting times 5 months 1 week ago #189228

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GARY wrote: Is there a legal way to record a f2f so if you go to tribunal like I have and it's your word against there's at least you can prove if they have recorded your answers properly and truthfully thanks ,Gary


You can either request Maximus records your assessment or you can do it yourself, in both cases you will need to notify Maximus for permission. There's a template letter you can adapt as necessary in the ESA section.

If you decide to do it your self then you will need to make to simultaneous recordings direct to tape tor CD. You cannot make a digital recording.

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