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TOPIC: New style ESA and ESA50

New style ESA and ESA50 4 weeks 14 hours ago #236191

Two weeks ago I had an appointment where the job centre checked my forms and submitted them.

Today I have received an ESA50 form. I am someone who is employed and has been on statutory sick pay for the maximum 28 weeks hence I’ve applied to new style ESA. My aim is to have surgery on my eye in September and be back in work by October, my vision deteriorating has been the reason for being unable to work.

My question is, given the above, do I have to fill out the ESA50? I have not even received any letter confirming receipt of ESA. I don’t intend on being on ESA for more than 2 months if everything goes to plan. The PIP form was stressful enough, I’m not sure I have the energy to apply for this.

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New style ESA and ESA50 4 weeks 13 hours ago #236195

Hi Fred

You can ring the DWP and check whether it was sent in error, but if you don't fill it in, there is a risk that your claim will be stopped (albeit, you have heard nothing else from them and you won't want it for a short time).

BIS

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New style ESA and ESA50 4 weeks 12 hours ago #236197

I’m informed that I have to fill it in otherwise they will stop the payment of any further benefit. Now consulting your guides but I won’t lie, I don’t feel like I have it in me to put the same effort as the PIP form. You really have to work hard to get these benefits and when you’re ill and disabled, this shouldn’t really be the case.

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New style ESA and ESA50 4 weeks 12 hours ago #236198

Hi Fred

I know it's a huge effort, but if you can face it, you could use a lot of the information you used for the PIp. Yes, some of the questions are slightly different, but there is a lot of crossover information.

BIS

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New style ESA and ESA50 4 weeks 10 hours ago #236207

Hi Fred
I totally understand your concerns I am just doing the change over from DLA to PIP and I appreciate the struggle. Its always worth keeping a copy of your forms as this will help for both ESA and PIP. I also have done additional information where I have described in detail how my disability affects me on a day to day basis and just add or amend this as my disability changes. My report this time was 10 pages typed and the assessor said to me that it had given her a good insight as to how my disability affects me. I also gave a copy in at my gp surgery to be scanned to my records. I know its a lot of work now but it will help you in the future. I have been doing this for the last 14 years and it has been a massive help especially with me having memory problems. The questions that are asked in the forms don't always give you the opportunity to express how you are affected!!! Don't give up!! Juliexxx

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