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TOPIC: A few questions about filling in ESA50

A few questions about filling in ESA50 1 week 18 hours ago #222636

I am filling in a ESA50 renewal form for the physical function side for my wife. I have answered mostly it varies with an explanation in the boxes. My question is if my wife can do some of the tasks but she is in great pain & discomfort, should I be answering no?
Also would she get points for answering it varies?
Q2 on form. My wife cannot stand or sit without pain & discomfort at any time, how would I answer this question?

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A few questions about filling in ESA50 1 week 15 hours ago #222647


Some of the ESA Descriptors refer to "significant discomfort", this is not defined but is considered to be less than significant pain, others make no specific reference to pain but it is still a factor that must be considered when assessed.

You don't say how your wife's limitations vary but if she is not able to complete an activity in a reasonable manner, for example; she is "great pain & discomfort" then it is for you to argue that she cannot do the activity, it will help if you have medical evidence to support the pain she is in and that it is reflected in the medication that she takes.

If you do tick "it varies" then you need to explain how the variation operates, for example; some claimants even at their best might struggle to complete an activity. In particular, you need to explain what she can do for the majority of the time.

Have a look at page 31 of the guide.


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