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Help and advice 1 month 4 days ago #221103

Hi there new subscriber to the site wondering if soneone could plz help i went for my esa assessment on 17th oct today i recieved letter saying i was moved to the wrag from support group when i have alot more medical issues now i also recieved letter to go to job center the assesor in oct knew my issues with walking and other problems want to try and keep this short as anxious scared there is no way i coukd make it to job center i am terrified thus is near two months of hell nit sleepibg waiting for the outcome can i apeal or ask them to move me back to support group ? Will i not recieve any money when i ask them to reconsider this is inhuman i feel worthless and afraid

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Help and advice 1 month 4 days ago #221112

Julie

Welcome to the forum, you might want to have a look at the following FAQ which explains where everything is

Welcome to Benefits and Work

If you request an MR your WRAG award will remain in payment but you do need to be aware that failing to attend WFIs or participating in Work Related Activity, requirements of your now being in the WRAG, can lead to your ESA being sanctioned.

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 ESA MR & 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 if you have not already done so, its an ESA85 if you had a face to face or an ESA85A if you didn't, 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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