Login FormClose

Free ESA, PIP and DLA Updates

With over 140,000 subscribers our fortnightly updates bulletin is the UK's leading source of benefits news. Get the facts about what's changing, how it affects you and how to prepare.   Get your free benefits updates now.
Welcome, Guest
Username: Password:
Remember me
Members
  • Page:
  • 1

TOPIC: ESA Reassessment - Depression and Alcoholism

ESA Reassessment - Depression and Alcoholism 3 months 1 week ago #199082

I have been in the ESA support group for 3 years so am about to be reassessed. I have recurrent major depressive disorder and I am also an alcoholic (nearly 2 years now since I picked up but always the risk and temptation etc). I have the ESA50 to complete and will follow the guidance. I have been to Citizens Advice and they tell me that since I am on contribution based ESA 9have an occupational pension of 833 per month) that essentially I have to try to stay in the support group or I will not qualify for any award at all! Not even jobseekers, This seems very unfair. Will I be able to make a fresh claim for ESA at some point? I feel very confused at present time. I am on standard rate PIP until 2019 and am intending to use some of the evidence from that to substantiate my claim to support group ESA. Is that okay? I am also seen 6/8 weekly by psychiatry and should be able to get a report from them and my GP but I feel worried anxious and in despair.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

ESA Reassessment - Depression and Alcoholism 3 months 1 week ago #199090

Thistlelass

If you are moved out of the SG then you can only continue to receive payment of your ESA(CB) for 365 days, any time that you spent out of the SG prior to being put in the SG may count against the 365 days.

Your pension would almost certainly prevent the payment of any Income Related benefit.

You can include information from your PIP claim, but be careful, the criteria even for similar activities can be quite different between the two benefits so you need to show the relevance of the evidence to the ESA SG Descriptors.

Gordon

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

Nothing on this board constitutes legal advice - always consult a professional about specific problems

ESA Reassessment - Depression and Alcoholism 1 month 3 weeks ago #202358

I have submitted the ESA50 for the 1st November. To my great surprise I have been requested to attend medical on 21st December - this seems very quick as I here people are having to wait months! Have a friend who waited 8 months to get to this stage. Wonder if I should be concerned or not. Also, already expecting the knockback. If I get it do I have to request the MR or can I iimmediately appeal? Thanks.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

ESA Reassessment - Depression and Alcoholism 1 month 3 weeks ago #202384

Thistlelass wrote: I have submitted the ESA50 for the 1st November. To my great surprise I have been requested to attend medical on 21st December - this seems very quick as I here people are having to wait months! Have a friend who waited 8 months to get to this stage. Wonder if I should be concerned or not. Also, already expecting the knockback. If I get it do I have to request the MR or can I iimmediately appeal? Thanks.


Receiving an appointment quickly, slowly or whatever, is in no way a refection of any Decision that might be made, they are made by a computer which simply selects the first available slot.

I'm afraid you must complete an MR before you can appeal.

Gordon

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

Nothing on this board constitutes legal advice - always consult a professional about specific problems

ESA Reassessment - Depression and Alcoholism 1 month 2 days ago #203471

Hi, my Psychiatrist, I think, gave a good report. Think my GP would also. Today I have had a phone call to tell me I do not need to go to the medical on the strength of the report. Not quite sure what to make of that but hopeful.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

ESA Reassessment - Depression and Alcoholism 1 month 2 days ago #203477

Thistlelass wrote: Hi, my Psychiatrist, I think, gave a good report. Think my GP would also. Today I have had a phone call to tell me I do not need to go to the medical on the strength of the report. Not quite sure what to make of that but hopeful.


It is usually a good thing, as it means that there was sufficient information for the to make a recommendation to the DWP, which is often not the case.

Gordon

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

Nothing on this board constitutes legal advice - always consult a professional about specific problems
  • Page:
  • 1
Moderators: bro58GordonMrs HurtybackIzzy1010LisaJenny Clarke