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TOPIC: esa wrag

esa wrag 2 weeks 13 hours ago #205946

i have just receive my award of ESA wrag....if i ask to be put on the support group could i lose my award? and what does wrag actually consist of.... thanks in anticipation
chris durack

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esa wrag 1 week 6 days ago #205996

donut16 wrote: i have just receive my award of ESA wrag....if i ask to be put on the support group could i lose my award? and what does wrag actually consist of.... thanks in anticipation
chris durack


Requesting an MR does mean that the Decision is reassessed from scratch, so it is possible for the existing award of the WRAG to be removed, but this happens very infrequently, although I cannot tell you that it does not happen.

To be placed in the Support Group you will need to meet one of more of the SG Descriptors, can you reasonably show that this is the case?

Our ESA Claim guides

www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/help-for-claimants/esa1

have a list of the SG criteria, some of the 15 points Descriptors for the WRAG correspond to SG Descriptors so a good place to start is with the activities that you scored points for,

The first stage to challenging a Decision is for you to request a Mandatory Reconsideration, this needs to be done in writing to the DWP, within one month of the Decision, to the office that dealt with your claim, have a look at our ESA MR & Appeal guide for details of the process, the ESA area also has template letters that you can use to make the request with.

You should contact the DWP for a copy of the assessment report (ESA85)if you have not already done so, I would phone them but again follow up the request in writing. Once you have the assessment report you will have a better understanding of how the DWP Decision Maker has come to their conclusions and will then be able to argue against them.

Your primary task is to show that you meet the criteria, there are many reasons you may have failed, you need to address each of these but don't get bogged down in criticising the assessment report unless you can clearly show that it is incorrect, it is a lot easier to argue the facts of the situation;

"the assessor recorded that I walked 50m, I did but they have failed to document that I had to stop every 10m for a rest due to breathlessness"

than their opinions

"based on my observations of the claimant walking I believe that they can reliably walk more than 200m.

When you have a better idea of the issues with your claim, come back to the forum and we will do our best to help.

Gordon

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