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TOPIC: Work Capability Assessment - How Often?

Work Capability Assessment - How Often? 3 years 3 weeks ago #171842

I recently completed the Work Capability Assessment Form succesfully (with info/help from this site) and therefore didn't have to attend a Medical. Thanks for the Guides and to all others who provided help and advice.

I read somewhere on this forum that a person can phone and ask when his/her next Work Capablity Assessment is due? Where would I phone to request this info?

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Work Capability Assessment - How Often? 3 years 3 weeks ago #171862

Hi Mikey,

You can phone DWP and ask for the 'prognosis', this is when you are next to be reassessed (although you should expect forms to arrive several months beforehand).

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Work Capability Assessment - How Often? 3 years 3 weeks ago #172007

Hi Mikey,

Always write to the relevant DWP department regarding any queries(normally,the most recent letter you've received will be the address you have to write to)you have. Phoning the DWP is full of risks as we all know the DWP use call centres who will claim no proof of your call.

The time limits are usually three years maximum if you are placed in the support group.
However,this time scale can be extended or shortened depending on certain variables in different areas of the UK.

The minimum award time is twelve months! Which,as Mrs Hurtyback posted you can then expect to be contacted (Government guidelines eight months)six months beforehand.

To sum up check your award letter. If no time limit has been stated in the award letter then write to the DWP. Always,if possible use the signed receipt Post Office Service.And always keep a copy of written correspondence sent to and received from the DWP etc.

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Work Capability Assessment - How Often? 3 years 3 weeks ago #172008

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The minimum reassessment period for ESA, ESA is actually an indefinite award, is actually three months!

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Work Capability Assessment - How Often? 3 years 3 weeks ago #172014

Gordon

The government guidelines I've recently (available online)viewed state "no one is to be called for a reassessment before eight months".The guidelines then state the DWP can contact the claimant after six months .

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Work Capability Assessment - How Often? 3 years 3 weeks ago #172020

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poppysammy wrote: Gordon

The government guidelines I've recently (available online)viewed state "no one is to be called for a reassessment before eight months".The guidelines then state the DWP can contact the claimant after six months .


First of all these are guidelines and not the law, the legislation for ESA says three months and I know of someone who was recently re-assessed for ESA three months after the previous Decision, secondly, I believe these apply to appeal Decision only and again, we know of members who have been reassessed well within these periods.

If you post a link I'll look at the information, but as I said, the DWP are most certainly not sticking to the guidelines and they are not enforceable by a claimant.

Gordon

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