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ESA At Home Reassessment almost 2yrs wait?

Hi,
I am presently in the WRAG  ESA (or whatever it's called now) & I completed a form again for reassessment & returned within the required timescale.  I received a WCA appointment at my local medical centre but this was rearranged as I needed my sister to accompany me & also for a audio recording. I was sent another appointment date in for late Jan 2018. About a week before this medical I sent additional evidence from my doctor & notification of change to stronger medication. (I suffer from severe depression/m anxiety/mood swings due to private sexual identity issues)
Two days before my WCA I received a letter advising my appointment had been cancelled  Instead home assessment had been arranged & I would be notified in due course. I waited & waited but no communication regarding a home assessment. My sister called ESA to enquire what was happening & they said there was a long waiting list. So we just left it at that.
Then out of the blue I received a letter on the 2nd January 2020 for a home assessment on the 13th January.?? Don't get me wrong I so appreciate the home assessment as my first WCA at the centre was horrendous due to illness  All my interactions with the JobCentre are done approx 6 monthly over phone as I am unable to attend the JobCentre & my advisor arranged this.
Because of the timescale of me waiting the original form is quite old - 2yrs is a long time?? 
 lm just looking for some advice,I should I speak to my doctor about more up-to-date evidence? Any advice would be appreciated - is this wait time normal? Seems very excessive wait.
Thanks in advance, sorry for the long post.
Thanks


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  • woodbinewoodbine Posts: 254Member Pioneering
    I suppose the good news is that they have been paying your ESA during this wait,It does seem a long time 2 years but it is what it is, I wouldn't personally bother seeking more upto date evidence from your GP, just answer the questions they ask as best you can.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Posts: 16,266Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome,

    2 years is indeed a very long time and if it was me then i'd most definitely put in a complaint about the length of time you've been waiting. Yes, your ESA has obviously continued to be paid but on the other hand you could have been placed into the support group and if that happened then you would have receive more money. If the decision is to put you into the support group now then it will be from the date the decision is made and you won't receive any backdated money.

    Also as you pointed out the form you filled in was 2 years ago and a lot may have changed in that time, with your condition. If it hasn't then it's not a problem. Same with the evidence, if nothing has changed in that time then i wouldn't worry too much. If it has changed then i'd try to get more evidence but remember, it's based on the work you can do and not the work you can't do.

    Good luck.
  • kenny1967kenny1967 Posts: 7Member Listener
    Hi & thanks for your advice. I don't think I'll bother getting any further evidence as nothing has rely changed since then.
    @poppy123456 - I do see what you are saying here. For example let's say I am moved to support group  - it would essentially mean I would loose out on any backdated benefit?? I never really thought about that. If I just stay where I am I guess it doesn't matter. 
    I may look into how I go about complaining about the long wait.

    On a positive note I have heard (please correct me if I'm wrong) but I heard actual doctors do home assessments & I would of thought this is much better as than "medical specialists" in the WCA centres. 

    Thanks again 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Posts: 16,266Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    You heard wrong. They are HCP's and not doctors. Home assessments are no different to an assessment in one of their centres. The only difference is it's in the comfort of your own home. Everything else is exactly the same.
  • kenny1967kenny1967 Posts: 7Member Listener
    Oh I read somewhere they were doctors on home assessments. Ah well will just have to see how things go. Thanks for that.
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