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In the longer term. 10 years 3 days ago #24984

  • Ranald
Hello guys, i would be glad to hear some of your opinions on a particular question on the ESA medical report form.

page 40 number 35 of ESA85 medical report form, the options are as follows:-

"I advise that a return to work could be considered within": 3/ 6/ 12/ 18 months, no boxes have been ticked.

" I advise that a return to work is unlikely within: For at least 2 years or In the longer term, the in the longer term box has been ticked.

If this doctor is implying that i may never return to work why would i be placed in the Work related activity group?

I have MD which is progressive, i would like to appeal and ask to be transferred to the Support Group but after all i have read i am scared i might lose what i have already been awarded!

Any thoughts greatly appreciated.

Chris.

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Re:In the longer term. 10 years 3 days ago #25000

Hi Ranald

Due to the bizarre nature of ESA, it is quite possible for somebody to be unfit for work and not likely to improve, but still not disabled enough to qualify for the support group, and therefore be expected to undertake work-related activities even though there is no chance of returning to work.

I would suggest you seek advice from a welfare rights worker who may be able to advise you on whether you satisfy any of the support group descriptors and whether there is any risk of being found fit for work on appeal.

You can see what the test requires on page 26 of the Understanding ESA guide in the members area.

Best of luck

Derek

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Re:In the longer term. 10 years 3 days ago #25008

  • Ranald
Thanks for the reply Derek, i think that i shall contact Welfare Rights after all, it can't hurt.
The money is not really much different and now that i have had work Focus Interview 5 i only need to attend every 6 months instead of monthly but it is the principle.

Thanks, Chris.

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Re:In the longer term. 10 years 1 day ago #25110

  • sleepystardust
how do you contact or find a welfare rights advisor please?

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Re:In the longer term. 10 years 1 day ago #25115

Hi Sleepystardust, Your local council offices usually have them situated there, or your loccal CAB should have details. If you are receiving any hospital treatments alot of hospitals now have welfare rights advisers at the hospital, Its worth a try. Best Wishes

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Re:In the longer term. 10 years 1 day ago #25116

sleepystardust wrote:

how do you contact or find a welfare rights advisor please?


You could try the website at Community Legal Advice.

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