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TOPIC: Additional Information

Additional Information 11 months 6 days ago #159283

Today I received the brown envelope with the result from my recent reassessment for ESA. I have been kept in the support group, without the need for a face to face! :cheer: The whole process from posting the ESA50 has been 11 weeks. I cannot thank B&W enough, as I could never had done this without their help. Their advice to keep a pdf version of the ESA50 up to date is invaluable, and I was working on mine weeks ahead of the expected reassessment letter. B)

One question however, and one that takes the shine off the result slightly: I rang the DWP to ask how long the award was for, to be told it was for 12 months. If this is so, I will be due for reassessment with less than a year before my state pension. Is it possible that the information given to me was the old award, which was for 12 months. Needless to say, I have requested the documentation used for the decision.

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Additional Information 11 months 6 days ago #159301

summertrain wrote: Today I received the brown envelope with the result from my recent reassessment for ESA. I have been kept in the support group, without the need for a face to face! :cheer: The whole process from posting the ESA50 has been 11 weeks. I cannot thank B&W enough, as I could never had done this without their help. Their advice to keep a pdf version of the ESA50 up to date is invaluable, and I was working on mine weeks ahead of the expected reassessment letter. B)

One question however, and one that takes the shine off the result slightly: I rang the DWP to ask how long the award was for, to be told it was for 12 months. If this is so, I will be due for reassessment with less than a year before my state pension. Is it possible that the information given to me was the old award, which was for 12 months. Needless to say, I have requested the documentation used for the decision.


Congratulations on the award.

It is possible that the computer system has not been update yet, try ringing again in a couple of weeks.

Gordon
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Additional Information 11 months 6 days ago #159303

It is possible that the computer system has not been update yet, try ringing again in a couple of weeks.


Thanks Gordon, that did cross my mind
Again many many thanks to the best benefits advice forum! :laugh:

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Additional Information 11 months 6 days ago #159311

That's great news Summertrain! Thanks for letting us know and for your kind words about B+W :)

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Additional Information 10 months 4 weeks ago #159837

Gordon: Re the 12 Months prognosis. I have received a form LT54. I am surprised to read that for the Mental Health descriptors, they have decided that none apply, despite my GP and Psychiatrist indicating so in descriptors 13 - 16 (Is this identified as Schedule 3?)
However, they have applied Reg 35, thus qualifying me for The Support Group, thankfully.

The 12 Month prognosis is confirmed, as at the bottom of the form it says please refer for another WCA assessment in 12 months. This is crazy, as I will be less than a year away from my state pension. This latest assessment has if anything made me worse, and to go through this again so soon fills me with dread. They certainly know how to make people suffer to the bitter end!

Also, I am a little surprised that they are continuing to reassess people like this, after ATOS ran into so many difficulties by constantly reassessing people, which as we all know caused a massive backlog. One can only hope that Maximus will also fall foul, and have to halt reassessments in order to catch up.

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Additional Information 10 months 4 weeks ago #159852

summertrain

I'm afraid there is nothing that you can do about the prognosis, it is a recommendation only, it does form part of the award and therefore cannot be challenged.

It's actually not that unusual to receive a shorter period for Reg. 35 due to the way that it operates.

It is possible that they will defer a future reassessment because you are so close to retirement, but we have seen several members receive forms even though they only had months until they reached State Retirement Age. All you can really do is maintain an ESA50 ready to send if they look at your claim again.

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