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TOPIC: MY RECENT EXPERIENCE WITH ESA WCA

MY RECENT EXPERIENCE WITH ESA WCA 4 months 3 days ago #235518

Hello everybody ,I just wanted to share with you all my ‘recent’ experience with the ESA Work Capability Assessment in the hope that it might help someone else.
It has taken THREE YEARS from getting my ESA50 form to getting a result ! THREE YEARS !
I have been in the Support Group for years now. Anyway, my ESA 5O arrived on the door mat
three years ago.
I duly filled it in with a great deal of help from my wife and we used the excellent guides available with this group .We very carefully matched all my illnesses and problems with mobility to all the descriptors. It was literally painstaking .We ended up with around 50 pages of evidence including hospital reports .
I also asked my GP for a letter of support which she supplied .She did tell us that they are now told not to supply such letters but she did it anyway because i have known her for over 20 years as a patient.She also provided a letter asking DWP and Maximus to carry out my examination at home.After a few weeks i got a letter saying that I could not have a home assessment .Well, no way was I leaving it at that because most of the time I am unable to leave the house.My GP then sent a more detailed letter requesting a home assessment saying that no way was i able to travel to and sit in a waiting room .That did the trick ! I was granted a home visit. ! Round one to us . So the wait began....
We heard NOTHING for THREE YEARS .They said they were trying to find a HCP qualified to do my assessment.Three years of horrible ,unbearable stress and worry .It was miserable.
So now three years down the line ,month before last an assessor arrived at my home.He did not ask me to do anything other than conform that everything on my forms still stood as true.
He stayed for about half an hour .He told us not to worry about a thing. He was kind and considerate.
Fast forward about 19 days and i had my result .FINALLY . I am to remain in the support group and will only be reassessed if anything changes ( i know they can change their minds and reassess me at anytime) The relief ! All this stress over three long years has made me so much more ill.
I hope this timeline helps somebody .Just to repeat then...three years from sending ESA50 to a result.
Good luck everybody .Stay well.Don’t give up ! It is always worth asking your GP for help.
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MY RECENT EXPERIENCE WITH ESA WCA 4 months 3 days ago #235519

Hi Exhausted

Three years must be something of a record! Truly appalling, but worth it if you had the right assessor. Hopefully, you won't be assessed again. Congratulations.

BIS

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MY RECENT EXPERIENCE WITH ESA WCA 4 months 13 hours ago #235664

Hi again, just wondered if you could help clarify something. Please? My award letter puts me in the Support Group and at the bottom it says “We will not ask you to go for another assessment unless there is a change in your health condition”
Does this mean i am one of the lucky few who will never be reassessed then and that i have satisfied the conditions for that ?
I suppose the only way that they would know of a change in my condition is if i reported one.
I am not going to get better .I take it they have accepted that.
I am reluctant to ring and ask.I just want it to be over now you see.
Thanks.

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MY RECENT EXPERIENCE WITH ESA WCA 4 months 10 hours ago #235668

Exhausted

Yes, if your Decision Letter says this then the DWP are excusing you from further assessment.

Gordon

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MY RECENT EXPERIENCE WITH ESA WCA 4 months 10 hours ago #235670

Thank you Gordon .What a relief ! I must say that the guides on this website were very important to me in filling the forms in so i would advise anyone to use them. I guess i can now try to get on with my life as best i can . There will be far less stress for sure. Thank you so much for the help and i wish you all well. Never give up hope.
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MY RECENT EXPERIENCE WITH ESA WCA 3 months 4 weeks ago #235812

Hi again.I just thought of a worrying question. When i am forced to migrate to Universal Credit will my recent assessment result still stand? ( as described above) i.e will i still be in the Support Group and still excused from further wca once forced onto UC ?
Surely i won’t have to start from scratch ?

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