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Re:ESA Award 7 years 1 week ago #58764


I think you've probably already sussed this oout :)

The letter is saying that you are;

- eligible for Contribution Based ESA
an award using the tax years: 5/4/09 - 5/4/10

- you are receiving the assessment rate
living expenses" (67.50)

- you are receiving a Premium because of your DLA
extra money because you are severely diabled" (55.30)

The medical is to see whether you qualify for the full rate of ESA and which group to place you in.

If you pass the medical you will receive additional payments based on the group.

Hope this expalins it.


Re:ESA Award 7 years 1 week ago #58766

Thank you Gordon and everyone,

I am really distressed now, as I know so many people are. I just view this whole ordeal as distressing to the extreme.

If the DPW with the kind ASSistance of Atos are awarding people who have applied and provided ALL that they required (fit notes, specialists notes with clear diagnoses) only to haul ill people in to centres where invariable they find offices for Atos ONLY above the ground level and ask them to once again re-iterate what was painstakingly noted on the ESA50 form (a small tome, which is fair enough as a similar doc was required for DLA) with an eye to reducing or taking away the award then I would rather have NOT RECEIVED IT in the first place.

Gordon, I honestly feel it is an act of cruelty.

Sorry for such negativity.

I thank you for your time and patience.

Re:ESA Award 7 years 1 week ago #58767

Hi cmarie,

I guess the point is that one could be severely disabled and receiving DLA middle rate care but still be able to work, and thus not qualify for ESA.

For example, someone might be paralysed from the waist down, and need enough help in the mornings and evenings to qualify for the DLA, but be otherwise fine and able to do any job that didn't require working legs.

If someone is receiving HB and/or CTB and also middle rate care DLA, and meets the other qualifying conditions, the severe disability premium becomes an allowance on their income, ie, the person is allowed £55.30 a week additional income before it affects their CB/HB. It is only paid as actual cash in hand if the person is getting income support/income-based JSA or ESA.

Hope that helps, but it may be too much information! :blink:


Re:ESA Award 7 years 1 week ago #58770

cmarie510 wrote:

...with an eye to reducing or taking away the award then I would rather have NOT RECEIVED IT in the first place.

I think you are misunderstanding the letter and the phrase that you have been awarded ESA. It is clearly badly worded, so I can see where the confusion is coming from, but at this time you have not been awarded ESA.

You won't be awarded ESA until you have passed the ESA medical, this is a standard element of the ESA process.

I'm not suggesting that the medical will be easy, however, a great number of people pass it first time without any problem at all, so whilst you should be cautious, you should also not overly worry about it.


Re:ESA Award 7 years 1 week ago #58781


Your last comment has clarified. There is so much terminology and acronyms that I have probably misunderstood.

Dear will calm down. :blush:

Thank you again,

Re:ESA Award 7 years 1 week ago #58794

Thank you so much RainbowLight,

I really do seem to need a rainbow of light right now...as I seem to be in a muddle.

Your example does make sense, so I appreciate the time and thought you put into helping me.

Kindest regards,
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