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TOPIC: ESA Review/ Re-assessment??

ESA Review/ Re-assessment?? 3 months 5 days ago #196703

Good Afternoon

My ESA re-assessment was deferred in 2015 for two years and I've tried to get confirmation from DWP that the date was still unchanged.
First they said it was still on for next month. But when I rang today to reconfirm, they gave a date that seems one month later. And they said that at that time there would be an "internal review" before I heard anything or received a new ESA50 to complete.
Is all this just part of the course, or are they just managing their backlog in a different way?
They did say the Benefits Centre is working at weekends to try to clear the backlog.
Can you please throw any light on this because if that form is coming soon, I need to prepare from now in completing the questions.

PS If they are really doing things differently via an Internal review, would it be a good idea to call DWP and draw attention to their PIP assessment last December which found I could not mobilisé more than 20 metres? I gather for ESA that would keep me in the SG.

Thank you

A

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ESA Review/ Re-assessment?? 3 months 5 days ago #196710

Augustus

I'm not sure why the DWP are working weekends to clear the backlog the problem is with Maximus who are unable to process the number of assessments being put through the system, perhaps if they didn't work over the weekend then they wouldn't be pushing too many claimants through the system!

Whatever policy the DWP are operating to, I'm afraid it is not in the Public Domain, they are not even admitting that most parts of the country have wait times, well in excess of six months for an assessment appointment.

So I'm afraid we cannot shed any light on when you are likely to receive a new ESA50 to complete.

As to the PIP report it will be helpful when you are reassessed but you need t be aware that 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.

Gordon

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