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esa money reduced 1 month 3 weeks ago #246849

hi my pip was ended on 20th march but id already filled out a new claim they recieved in mid feb.i have been paid off pip this month so i guess im getting the 3 month extension due to the virus.
today i got a letter saying my esa money is reduced
is this normal?

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esa money reduced 1 month 3 weeks ago #246851

Ron

PIP is paid four weekly in arrears so if your award ended on 20 March you would still be due at least one payment depending on when your payday is. The extension only applies to awards that are continuing.

If your ESA includes the Severe Disability Premium (money because you are severely disabled) then this is dependant of your having an award of PIP Daily Living.

If you are in the WRAG but had a PIP Enhanced Daily Living award then you should have been entitled to the Enhanced Disability Disability Premium (Disability Income Guarantee) this is also dependant on your PIP award.

The first stage to challenging a Decision is for you to request a Mandatory Reconsideration, this needs to be done in writing to the DWP, within one month of the Decision, to the office that dealt with your claim, have a look at our PIP MR & Appeal guide for details of the process, the PIP area also has template letters that you can use to make the request with.

www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/help-for-claimants/pip

You should contact the DWP for a copy of the assessment report if you have not already done so, I would phone them but again follow up the request in writing. Once you have the assessment report you will have a better understanding of how the DWP Decision Maker has come to their conclusions and will then be able to argue against them.

Your primary task is to show that you meet the criteria, there are many reasons you may have failed, you need to address each of these but don't get bogged down in criticising the assessment report unless you can clearly show that it is incorrect, it is a lot easier to argue the facts of the situation;

"the assessor recorded that I walked 50m, I did but they have failed to document that I had to stop every 10m for a rest due to breathlessness"

than their opinions

"based on my observations of the claimant walking I believe that they can reliably walk more than 200m.

When you have a better idea of the issues with your claim, come back to the forum and we will do our best to help.

Gordon

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esa money reduced 1 month 3 weeks ago #246853

hi gordon
on pip i had higher rates of both.im waiting for an assesment so i dont need to ask for a mandatory reconsideration unless they done a paper one without telling me?
the last i heard dwp passed my case to medical assesors a couple of weeks ago

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esa money reduced 1 month 3 weeks ago #246854

i forgot to add i was in the support group my ESA included the Severe Disability Premium (money because you are severely disabled)

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esa money reduced 1 month 3 weeks ago #246855

Hi ron

As Gordon stated earlier you need to check with DWP to see if your original PIP claim has ceased, if it has even though you have put in a new claim then any additional premiums you received in with your ESA would also cease.

Gary
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esa money reduced 1 month 3 weeks ago #246865

hi i phoned esa and pip this morning my esa was reduced because my pip ended on 26th march i then spoke to pip who said because mine is a new claim i dont get the 3 month extension.
my claim was recieved 19th feb i was told to wait for a call from medical assesers

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