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TOPIC: Unable to make Assessment Date

Unable to make Assessment Date 6 months 6 days ago #235976

Hi everyone,

First time posting here.
I've had my letter confirming an assessment date after completing forms about 2 weeks ago....
The issue I have is that I cannot make the date due to going on holiday. This has been booked for over a year so I am completely at a loss as to what to tell them because I know even if I am disabled I am entitled to a holiday but I don't want anything to go against me.
It's with Capita, does anyone have any advice please.
I know I have to tell them asap I cant make it but I'm in a blind panic as to what to say.
Thanks in advance


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Unable to make Assessment Date 6 months 6 days ago #235978

Hi S

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You need to ring Capita and tell them you need to cancel that date. Everyone is allowed to cancel one assessment date. However, be aware that if you cancel a second, your papers will be returned to the DWP and you run the risk of your claim being closed. I suggest when you ring to cancel you make them aware of any dates that you will not be available - including all of the time you are away (in case they offer you a second one before you're back) and any hospital appointments etc. You don't have to panic about what you say - you don't have to give a reason for canceling, but as you have said you are entitled to go on holiday and plenty of people do.

Whether or not you are given a new date over the phone, keep a record of your conversation and follow it up in writing and send to Capita and the DWP so it on your records. Always better to be on the safe side.


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