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Dementia diagnosis

 I have recently been diagnosed with dementia,i am currently in the work related activity group of esa,is it possible i could be placed in the support group,i have sent in a supporting letter and proof of diagnosis to dwp will this be enough?

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  • NystagmiteNystagmite Member Posts: 609 Pioneering
     I have recently been diagnosed with dementia,i am currently in the work related activity group of esa,is it possible i could be placed in the support group,i have sent in a supporting letter and proof of diagnosis to dwp will this be enough?
    It's not the diagnosis. It's whether you meet the criteria for the support group.
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0 Pioneering
    Hi Blackcat 73.  
    The criteria can be found on the Disability Rights website - see Factsheet 71!

    You have two possibilities here - either to meet one of the 16 criteria that are listed; or to meet one of the Exceptional Conditions (Regulation 35), for example if there would be a "substantial risk to your health" if you're not placed in the support group. 

    It's always a good idea to provide medical evidence of whichever criterion you are trying to prove. 

    I hope this helps.

    Here's a link to that factsheet:
    https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/work-capability-assessment

    Best wishes

    [email protected]



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