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TOPIC: DLA/ESA.

DLA/ESA. 7 years 4 months ago #14186

  • boris1
Hi I've almost completed my 39 page DLA renewal form. I was initially awarded HRM/LRC for 12 months due to end in April.
My condition has deteriorated a lot and I think I should qualify for MRC this time but who know's with the DWP.
Does anyone know if they take into account that I'm in the support group for ESA or don't they connect the two benefits in any way?
Thanks for your help.:ohmy:

Re:DLA/ESA. 7 years 4 months ago #14187

Hi,

I'd remind you that most mods are not online until 4 Jan 2010, and we did ask members to post only very urgent enquiries until all mods are back online.

However, since your post has been pre-moderated for the forum, I'll try and answer your query briefly.

DWP Decision Makers (DM) can and often do use information about one benefit to help assess entitlement to another.

Before I retired it was common practice for DM's to use information they held about one benefit, e.g. Incapacity Benefit to assess entitlement to Disability Living Allowance, and vice versa.

Whether they do this for ESA I cannot give a definitive answer due to my limited knowledge of ESA. However, in my opinion, in the interests of justice they should do so.

Unless of course any other moderator online knows different.

Happy New Year.

Jim

Re:DLA/ESA. 7 years 4 months ago #14193

Hi Jim,

Just to confirm that, as you suspected, ESA medical reports are routinely used for DLA decisions, just as was the case with IB and DLA.

Steve
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