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TOPIC: changes of circumstances - or not?

changes of circumstances - or not? 6 months 1 week ago #221387

Hello I have been in the support group for ESA for several years now for a combination of mental and physical health problems which have a significant impact on my life.
I was supported by my mother who lived 5 minutes from me and helped with shopping and meals on an ad hoc basis but she has sold her house to downsize 2 weeks ago and now lives far away. In the meantime I have struggledf to cope with daily living tasks but have stayed with a friend for a few days too.
My mother was not officially listed as a carer or claiming a benefit for this as she did not help me every day but as needed when I did not have energy to do things. My GP has suggested I get a weekly drop in carer from Age as a "Personal Independence Coordinator" as I am now 50 but I have not yet heard from them. As my needs remain as before do I need to report this to the DWP as a "change in circumstances" if and when the PIC gets in touch? It is a free service of informal care coordinating NHS and other care, currently trialled in only a few areas of the country.

Also - I am hoping to go with my mother to another EU country to visit a relative over Xmas for about 14 days. I think I read that holidays of 28 days or more need to be reported to the DWP but does this shorter break need to be reported? Terrified of doing something wrong. Thanks for your help.

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changes of circumstances - or not? 6 months 1 week ago #221414

Ostia

There is no need for you to mention the "Personal Independence Coordinator", it is not a Change.

You can leave the country for up to four weeks and continue to receive ESA. The advice re your telling the DWP is at best incomplete but I don't think you need to notify them, however, it would be worth your checking when you are likely to be reassessed to make sure that an ESA50 is not going to land on your doormat when you are away.

Gordon

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changes of circumstances - or not? 6 months 1 day ago #221738

Thank you so much. I cannot tell you how relieved I am. So grateful for your help.

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changes of circumstances - or not? 5 months 5 days ago #223165

Sorry a rather late reply and question....if I contact the DWP to ask for review date will they not see that as an opportunity to bring forward any review/medical? Are they not under pressure to get through the "paused" applications from support group members like myself?

I know there is a risk of a letter being sent to me whilst I am away but I am scared to raise my head above the parapet in case they remember me and decide to do a review very soon. I am just not in a fit state to face that right now. Plus I have had lots of neurological tests this year which have thrown up some new issues which may explain some of my problems but I don't yet have a full set of results back to submit to them.
Thanks for your advice.

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changes of circumstances - or not? 5 months 5 days ago #223205

Ostia

The people on the ESA Helpline can only tell you what is on your computer record, they have no authority to initiate a reassessment, I can't remember anybody's award being looked at just because you have phoned the DWP.

If you really don't want to contact the DWP then you could speak to Maximus to see whether they have received a request to reassess you, however, they will only be able to tell whether they have or not, they can't tell you when they might expect to receive one.

www.chdauk.co.uk/contact-us

Gordon
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