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How to provide information about walking distance and seating time. Re: ESA.

Amandawilliams62Amandawilliams62 Posts: 7Member Listener
I am appealing my score of 0 points , having RA. Dwp have requested no letters from gp or consultant. But I have. How do they prove now far I can walk . And length of time sitting


  • BenefitsTrainingCoBenefitsTrainingCo Posts: 2,679Member Pioneering
    Hello Amanda - to help you further we would need some more information. If you could tell us some more about what your GP or consultant letters say about the walking and sitting activities, that would help. Did you send in these letters before your assessment, or are you sending them in now? Have you got an appeal in motion?
    Please get back to us with some more detail so that we can advise you further. There is also some excellent information on the Benefits and Work website about ESA points and appeals etc: www.benefitsandwork.co.uk.
    The Scope helpline may also be able to help you locate a local advice agency which may be able to support you with your appeal: 0808 800 3333.
    All the best,


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  • Amandawilliams62Amandawilliams62 Posts: 7Member Listener
    Hi. Thank you so much for replying. The health professional never asked me about walking distance and sitting. These are where I think I acummalate my 15 points.I joined the work and benefit , but get a bit bogged down with all the information. The Dwp have not asked my g p ,or consultant because there's no copies of this in my bundle of papers which have been sent ready for the appeal.
  • CockneyRebelCockneyRebel Posts: 5,250Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hi Amanda and welcome

    It is not unusual for the DWP not to contact your GP or consultant. It will be useful if you could get a letter detailing specifically the problems you have

    ie. cannot stand and then walk 20 metres safely, repeatedly and to an acceptable standard

    You can send any additional evidence to the tribunal up to a week before the hearing.

    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • Amandawilliams62Amandawilliams62 Posts: 7Member Listener
    Thank you. I struggle to understand how the Dwp make decisions on them not getting medical evidence. I have medical letters stating I have rheumatoid arthritis. And the impact that has on my life. 
  • CockneyRebelCockneyRebel Posts: 5,250Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    We all struggle to understand how they come to some of the decisions that they do. It is not so much about your medical condition but about your ability to carry out simple tasks.
    If possible you need a letter specifically stating what you can and can't do. This is difficult as GP's don't see you all the time and unless you have discusssed your limitations with your GP, they will not have the specific knowledge.

    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • Amandawilliams62Amandawilliams62 Posts: 7Member Listener
    Thanks. My Rhumatologist doesn't even ask those questions . God I've got my work cut out for myself at the appeal
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