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TOPIC: Taxi fares to ESA assessment

Taxi fares to ESA assessment 3 months 1 week ago #196593

I have to accompany a friend to an ESA assessment with a Maximus Dr on Friday. He has chronic anxiety and panic attacks and was advised to get a letter from his Dr. Will Maximum pay if the Dr says he may need a taxi ?

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Taxi fares to ESA assessment 3 months 1 week ago #196611

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Hi Trish,

Maximus will sometimes pay for taxis but this must be agreed in advance. Your friend should phone and get agreement for this. A letter from the GP saying that a taxi will be needed will certainly help.

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Taxi fares to ESA assessment 3 months 1 week ago #196647

Hi Trish
I had assessments off ATOS and Maximus. My GP gave me a letter which I sent to them. I called them and they both agreed to pay the taxi cost. Make sure you get their agreement to pay first.

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Taxi fares to ESA assessment 3 months 20 hours ago #197200

I was interested in this topic as, last Tuesday I attended my first reassessment (got through to the support group on paper last time although after reconsideration after being put briefly in WRAG). I didn't ask my GP for a letter re taxi fares, but went under my own steam, via a taxi, train and then another taxi to the assessment centre in Leeds. After my very brief (15 minute) assessment where they wanted more details of my Chronic Fatigue, I went to the reception to get a form to claim back my train fare. The receptionist said that the assessor had authorised a taxi back to my home address. I queried this, as I said I don't have a GP's letter.. to which she replied thats fine, you fit the criteria! Uh? So I gratefully accepted.. but still baffled. Trying not to assume they think I'm definitely staying in the Support Group haha

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