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Esa Medical Review

Happy New year. My brothers esa Medical Review is end of May. I ring to ask when his forms will be sent out and it varies from March till after May, they don't give me the same information just when his review is. Does anyone please have a better idea? Thank you 

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Posts: 16,266Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    Happy New Year to you too.

    Timescales for ESA are just a guide and nothing more because with the work capability assessment you can be re-assessed anytime from 3 months. Unfortunately, no one ever knows exactly when that form will arrive. All he can do is make sure he has evidence to support his claim ready for when it does arrive. Other than that there's nothing else he can do.

    Hope this helps.
  • Tina66Tina66 Posts: 33Member Listener
    Hi Poppy, thank you so much, just so I can be sure, his review is end of May, the earliest we can expect forms is end of February (as I will have to help him)? 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Posts: 16,266Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    No problem.

    That is not correct. They can review him anytime from 3 months, this means that you or he won't know when that form will arrive. ESA is an ongoing award unless found fit for work.
  • Tina66Tina66 Posts: 33Member Listener
    What's the point of the date they give as the review then 🤔
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Posts: 16,266Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    It's just a guide and nothing more. This is the reason why ESA decision letters never ever have an award length of time on them. Ringing DWP to ask how long the award is for, is pointless.
  • Tina66Tina66 Posts: 33Member Listener
    Honestly, what a pain. They always give me the exact award date when I ring however, and they have been doing so for the last year, so you can understand why I am confused for brother. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Posts: 16,266Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    It's impossible for them to give you an exact award date for ESA because there's no exact award dates. You can be re-assessed anytime from 3 months. ESA is an ongoing award unless you're found fit for work.

    I've been claiming ESA in the Support Group since 2013 and i've never had an award date.
  • Tina66Tina66 Posts: 33Member Listener
    I believe you as you have helped me re my brother accurately every time but this is what they tell me. 27th May 2020
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Posts: 16,266Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Thanks. My knowledge of the benefit system is quite extensive. They've most likely taken that date from the timescale that was given for the last decision but as i said, it doesn't mean anything.
  • blue32blue32 Posts: 25Member Connected
    Yes can be anytime my ESA review is almost two years over the date and I've heard nothing
  • Tina66Tina66 Posts: 33Member Listener
    Really appreciate help and advice, thank you both  😊
  • Tina66Tina66 Posts: 33Member Listener
    Sorry me again, very quick, just to ask, today when I phoned ESA for my brother and asked about his review, irrespective of the date they gave etc, if the medical questionnaire had been  sent out to him say today for example would the man have had this information when he was looking at my brother's details on screen to tell me ...? 🤔 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Posts: 16,266Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    No because the work capability assessment isn't sent from DWP, it comes from the health assessment providers. This is the reason why they never come in brown envelopes, always white ones and this is even more of a surprise when they do arrive.
  • Tina66Tina66 Posts: 33Member Listener
    Thanks again Poppy 🙂
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Posts: 16,266Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    I know it's really stressful but try to forget about it because it's not going to help to constantly think about it, it will only cause you even more stress. My way of dealing with things like this is to put them as far to the back of my mind as possible otherwise my conditions will only get worse through worry and stress. I know it can be difficult to do this all you can in the meantime.
  • Tina66Tina66 Posts: 33Member Listener
     ❤️ Thank you 😊
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Posts: 16,266Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    You're welcome! :)
  • Tina66Tina66 Posts: 33Member Listener
    Me again, I rang pip for my brother and woman on phone spikr
  • Tina66Tina66 Posts: 33Member Listener
    Me again, I rang pip for my brother and woman on phone told me she spoke to case manager and reviews are still 12mths and not 6 months. My brother heard this, snatched phone and starting panicking and getting angry because last time we were told 6 mths. I calmed him down and woman was very nice. He then started to worry that because of outburst his claim would be effected but woman said no, only when review is due will any changes happen and nothing to worry about but he doesn't believe me. 😕
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Posts: 16,266Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Yet again the advice you were given by DWP is not correct. I can assure you that PIP reviews if you were awarded by a Tribunal are most definitely 6 months before and not 12 months before. Very few DWP advisers know this because there wasn't a formal announcement.

    My PIP ends in October 2020 and previously i would have received my forms in October 2019 BUT because of the changes in review times i haven't yet received them. I will receive then in April.
  • Tina66Tina66 Posts: 33Member Listener
    Hi, my brother was not awarded pip by tribunal, it was just a normal assessment, I am very confused now. Will he get into trouble also for snatching the phone off me because he doesn't believe me that it is OK? 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Posts: 16,266Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Then he'll be sent the review forms 6 months before his award ends. No he won't get into trouble for that, i'm not sure why you think he would. Hope this helps and please try to relax.
  • Tina66Tina66 Posts: 33Member Listener
    Hi Poppy, because he makes me anxious when he gets anxious and because he was a bit rude and basically panicking on phone and then worrying I can't help but think irrationally too. I am angry though that the woman, albeit very nice, asked her case manager who definitely said 12 months because as case managers they should know that it is 6 months and that's really very incompetent 🤔
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Posts: 16,266Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Never trust DWP to give any correct advice. You don't know for sure that it was the case manager she asked, it could have been someone completely different.

    As i advised, it was never officially announced but my advice is 100% correct and my PIP award is proof of that.
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