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TOPIC: Esa claim

Esa claim 1 week 3 days ago #235588

I have had my esa assessment and they have now reduced my income, I have had a mandatory reconsideration and they have excepted that I am unfit for work but have put in in to a work group that will get me ready to work in the future. I need help on what to do next to get my income back to the previous amount can anyone help

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Esa claim 1 week 3 days ago #235628

Hi Diane

In case you are not aware, your real name appears to be showing in the forum, if you want to change this then follow the instructions in the following FAQ

My full name is showing, how can I stop it? www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/help-for-claim...q/forums-faq#Forum10

The next stage would be to appeal the decision, see our appeal guide for details of the process, the ESA area also has template letters that you can use to make the request with.

www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/help-for-claimants/esa1

You should contact the DWP for a copy of the assessment report (ESA85) 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 meets the criteria for the SG, 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 she walked 50m, she did but they have failed to document that you 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.

Gary

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