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TOPIC: Carers and ESA1 form

Carers and ESA1 form 2 weeks 4 days ago #200373

Hello,

A client's mental health has deteriorated and their carer has now moved in to the same house. The carer works during the day and is there overnight to keep my client safe.

We have informed the local council and phoned the DWP to tell them this change. The DWP sent out an ESA 1 form.

I'm assuming that if we state that client's health has changed - it has, his m/h has deteriorated considerably, hence his carer staying overnight - this will trigger an ESA 50. Is this likely? I hope not as this would be a whole load of stress he could do without.

Secondly, do I now need to add his carer to part 16: About other people who live with you?

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Carers and ESA1 form 2 weeks 4 days ago #200384

BANDBOLTON

The ESA1 is the initial claim form for ESA, is the person already receiving ESA? If they are is it possible that it is an ESA3 form?

If they are claiming ESA and they notify the DWP of a change of circumstances then it will almost certainly result in a reassessment of their claim, new ESA50 and a face to face assessment.

Yes you need to the carer to the form, but make it clear what their role is and that they are not in a relationship with the claimant.

Gordon
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Carers and ESA1 form 2 weeks 3 days ago #200402

Yes, sorry, it's an ESA 3 - looks very much like an ESA 1.

I'll type up a detailed report explaining how his m/h has been declining, hence the carer stepping-up their duties. I really hope to avoid ESA 50 etc. but I can't help notice your use of "almost certainly".

A universal basic income (or something similar) cannot arrive soon enough!

Thanks for the reply, Gordon.

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