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My Year On ESA Is Ending Next Month

kevin52kevin52 Member Posts: 73 Courageous
Hi ,
My ESA Is Up On The 10th Of May , I Have Still Had No Letter For Another Medical Yet.
Is there Some Sort Of Backlog In Scotland ?
I Am In The Support Group Under The Substantial Risk Condition.

Kevin ....



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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,138 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    The time they give you when you're placed into a group is just a guide and nothing more. For ESA you can be re-assessed anytime from 3 months. Some people go over their guide time and others are assessed earlier than this. ESA is ongoing as long as you remain in the group. Your money will continue regardless of the time.

    You will eventually be sent another ESA50 work capability assessment form. When you receive this, the process starts all over again and you'll need to fill it in, return it with all your evidence and then you'll most likely be sent for another assessment.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • kevin52kevin52 Member Posts: 73 Courageous
    Cheers Poppy :) ,
    Just The Waiting Daily For that **** Letter to Pop In The Door , Dreading It .
  • debbiedo49debbiedo49 Member Posts: 2,906 Disability Gamechanger
    Brown envelope syndrome aargh!
    💜🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
    I am a fibro warrior !💜♏️
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,138 Disability Gamechanger
    For ESA it's not a brown envelope, it's white. This is because work capability assessment forms come straight from the health assessment providers and not DWP.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • ToejamToejam Member Posts: 10 Connected
    There must be a backlog in Scotland. I'm still waiting to hear back from them after sending my ESA50 reassessment back in January. Rang them up and said they only received it in March and were still trying to Make a decision. I honestly thought I would have received a letter about going for a medical or something by now :neutral:
  • ToejamToejam Member Posts: 10 Connected
    For ESA it's not a brown envelope, it's white. This is because work capability assessment forms come straight from the health assessment providers and not DWP.
    Yeah now I'm terrified of white and brown envelopes lol
  • debbiedo49debbiedo49 Member Posts: 2,906 Disability Gamechanger
    For ESA it's not a brown envelope, it's white. This is because work capability assessment forms come straight from the health assessment providers and not DWP.
    Ok lol white envelope syndrome, I hate mail lol
    💜🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
    I am a fibro warrior !💜♏️
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,138 Disability Gamechanger
    lol i hate mail too but the ESA is the worst one. I remember the last one i received last year, i really wasn't expecting it and felt really sick when i opened it and seen what it was. Totally forgot at the time that it's white envelopes for ESA :#
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • kevin52kevin52 Member Posts: 73 Courageous
    5th Of May , Still Nothing From them , I Know they Moved the DWP Office in Glasgow .
    Maybe They Have Lost Me :)
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,138 Disability Gamechanger
    We all wish for that to happen lol. ESA doesn't end and the time they give you is just a guide and they can re-assess you anytime from 3 months.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • kevin52kevin52 Member Posts: 73 Courageous
    😂 6 p.m. . Text from U C  message to read . UC35 form to fill in ? Is this not a year to late ? What's the point of filling this in ? Please explain what good it will do me , it won't stop me seeing the shitee in Glasgow will it . 

  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,138 Disability Gamechanger
    UC35? I thought you were claiming ESA in the Support group?

    The UC35 is a letter explaining the process where DWP decide whether you have limited capability for work.

    UC50 is the work capability assessment form when claiming UC limited capability for work.

    When claiming ESA it's the ESA50 form (work capability assessment form)
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • kevin52kevin52 Member Posts: 73 Courageous
    Yeah I am claiming esa in the support group , just over a year now that's why I find it very strange being asked tonight to fill a UC35 form in , very strange .🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔
  • kevin52kevin52 Member Posts: 73 Courageous
    Am confused 😕
  • kevin52kevin52 Member Posts: 73 Courageous
    Think it might be just a letter to read . 😂 UC is asking me to read it . 

  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,138 Disability Gamechanger
    Yes, it's a letter explaining the work capability assessment process for UC. As you don't claim this then ignore it...... silly people..DWP that is lol
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • scotschick7scotschick7 Member Posts: 14 Listener
    I think there is a back log as I know a fair few people within that area who have been waiting a while. on the other hand I got a f2f with 2 1/2 week notice was due to be up today but it ended up cancelled. I had to complete 2 forms as they lost the first but sent me an app before they said it was on their system. I know errors are made but i hve never had this many with previous times. Hopefully yours is s straightforward as can be when the time comes!
  • kevin52kevin52 Member Posts: 73 Courageous
    Hi Chick ! LoL ,
    Sending My Form Back tomorrow Recorded , So My Medical will Be coming up Soon .
    Dreding It , I Am going Like A Tramp This time As His Snide Comments From Last time ! What s It got to Do With Them How I Dress ! I Have Also Asked for It to Be Recorded Too , due To The Lies From Last time . Either Way My Phone will Be on Record Before It Kicks Off , I Am Taking No Chances This Time .
    Kevin .... :)
  • kevin52kevin52 Member Posts: 73 Courageous
    Forgot Again  LoL ,
    I Was told I Should Also Be Getting PiP As I Cant Use Public Transport Or Mix With The Public . So I Wonder If I Should Kick A Claim Of For It Now ? anyone clued Up If I Can Start This The Now ?
    Kevin .... :)
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Administrator Posts: 7,350 Scope community team
    Hello @kevin52, PIP is a different benefit to ESA and isn't reliant on having ESA so if you think you meet the descriptors for it, you can apply for it at any time. 
    Senior Community Partner
    Scope
  • kevin52kevin52 Member Posts: 73 Courageous
    Hi Adrian ,  Still no news From DWP On My Medical , Still nothing Either From My PiP Claim , Been Over 3 Weeks Waiting On The PiP Form , Think they Have forgot About Me.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,138 Disability Gamechanger
    There's no timescales for the ESA. For the PIP then you should ring them to chase up where that form is because you should have received it by now. Ring them tomorrow.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Administrator Posts: 7,350 Scope community team
    Hi @kevin52, give PIP a ring and ask about the form, as Poppy said you should have received it by now. Hopefully you'll start getting some answers soon!
    Senior Community Partner
    Scope
  • kevin52kevin52 Member Posts: 73 Courageous
    They Phoned Me Yesterday , asked Me to Take 2 forms Of ID to JCP With My NI Number Yo Be Cpoied And They Will Do the Rest  At JCP ? Is this Correct ? Also Will It Affect My Current ESA Claim ?
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,138 Disability Gamechanger
    kevin52 said:
    They Phoned Me Yesterday , asked Me to Take 2 forms Of ID to JCP With My NI Number Yo Be Cpoied And They Will Do the Rest  At JCP ? Is this Correct ? Also Will It Affect My Current ESA Claim ?
    I'm not sure why you need to do this. I thought you were claiming ESA? Have you started a claim for Universal credit?
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • kevin52kevin52 Member Posts: 73 Courageous
    Am On ESA In The Support Group , It Was DWP Who Phoned And Asked Me To do This So They Can Start My Claim Of .

  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,138 Disability Gamechanger
    kevin52 said:
    Am On ESA In The Support Group , It Was DWP Who Phoned And Asked Me To do This So They Can Start My Claim Of .

    I'm sorry but i'm still confused. Start your claim off for what? what benefit have you claimed for please?
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • kevin52kevin52 Member Posts: 73 Courageous
    PIP ,  Some Weeks Back , about 6/7 Weeks Ago . I forgot all about It Till They Phoned Me The Other Day .
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,138 Disability Gamechanger
    I'm not sure why you've been asked to go to your local JCP with your ID because this isn't how you claim PIP. To claim PIP you ring the PIP helpline and apply over the phone, they then send you the PIP2 form in the post. No appointment is needed at the JC at all.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • kevin52kevin52 Member Posts: 73 Courageous
    I Did Apply over the Phone About 7/8 Weeks Ago , But I Never Got Any Form From Them To Fill In .
    It Seems A Bit Strange To Me Too  Dont Know what To Do About It . To Do It Or Not .
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,138 Disability Gamechanger
    The only time you would be asked to attend you local job centre with ID is when you've claimed Universal credit. Are you sure you didn't claim this?

    As you applied for PIP and haven't received the form you will need to ring DWP and ask them to send another to you and tell them you haven't received anything.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • kevin52kevin52 Member Posts: 73 Courageous
    edited November 2019
    They Phoned Me A Few Weeks  Back Saying They Had Plenty Information So They Sent Me The form Out And I Posted It Back today ,  So Hope to Hear From Them Soon . :)
  • kevin52kevin52 Member Posts: 73 Courageous
    Adrian ,  Still nothing From DWP On Medical , thats 6 Months now !  Still Getting Payed Ok .
    Everthing DWP Is moving to Scotland Just Now  , By 2023 It Will all Be done In Scotland .
    So I hope It Will Be Done Much Much Better Than DWP Did. :)
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,138 Disability Gamechanger
    There's no timescales for assessments or decisions and this applies to ESA and PIP. Your ESA will continue until a decision's been made on the work capability assessment.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 9,349 Scope community team
    I hope you aren't waiting too much longer @kevin52!
    Community Partner
    Scope
  • kevin52kevin52 Member Posts: 73 Courageous
    edited December 2019
    Got My Letter In , With A Weeks Notice .
    Told them I Had Gas Check That Afternoon , So Asked for Another Date And Afternoon .
    Nothing They Could Give Me Over The Phone , No Dates Coming up On The System.
    So A Letter Will Come When They Can Set A New Afternoon App.
    There Was No Gas Check , Just Thought I Would P*** Them Off A Bit :)

  • kevin52kevin52 Member Posts: 73 Courageous
    Had A Medical Chole Today At The New Centre In Glasgow ,  Big Change From the Old One ,
    Seen A Very nice Lady In Her Mid 30s Who Made Me Feel At Ease right Away , with In 5 Mins She told Things Would Be Ok I Had nothing to Worrie about :) , Kept Calling Me Bud And Pal During It LoL Lasted 30 Mins Told Me I Will Hear In 2 To 3 Weeks , also Said I Will See you In A Years Time So Hope Things Go Ok But It Gives Me Hope . Maybe Next Time I Will Ask For A Woman Cause I Feel More At Ease Speaking About Things Than I Would To A Man .
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,138 Disability Gamechanger
    I'm glad it went ok but i really wish they wouldn't say things like that to people because it's not what they are supposed to do, they are there to assess you and nothing else.

    My advice will be to ring DWP in about a week and ask for a copy of the assessment report to be sent to you. This will give you some idea what the decision is likely to be because they mostly go with the report. Once you receive it you need to take note of the LCW and LCWRA recommendations in the back of the report. If you don't understand it then post back here and someone will help you.

    As for the timescale you were, that's nothing more than a guide because there's no timescales. Backlogs are just part of the reason a decision can be delayed. Hopefully you won't be waiting too long. Good luck.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • ozzy19721968ozzy19721968 Member Posts: 29 Connected
    Hi guys hope some one can help just been advised to stop working I already get pip advanced for both my partner still works full time I am wondering if I am able to claim any other benefits than pip if my partner works full time 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,138 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi guys hope some one can help just been advised to stop working I already get pip advanced for both my partner still works full time I am wondering if I am able to claim any other benefits than pip if my partner works full time 

    HI,

    May i ask who advised you to stop working? It's not as simple as that. If you're eligible for SSP from your employer then you would need to claim this with a fit note from your GP for 28 weeks before anything else. See link. https://www.gov.uk/statutory-sick-pay

    If you're claiming tax credits then this will continue as normal. If you're not claiming tax credits, then Universal Credit maybe possible while you're claiming SSP BUT as it's a means tested benefit then claiming it will depend on your circumstances and you will need to claim as a couple with your partner. Your partners earnings and your SSP will be counted as income. Using a benefits calculator will help you know what you maybe entitled to, if anything.

    If you're not entitled to UC then once your SSP ends then you maybe able to claim New style ESA but this is based on your NI contributions in the previous 2 tax years from working. If you've paid enough then you'll be able to claim this. Hope this helps.

    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
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