ESA50

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ESA50

Postby besidemyself » Sun Apr 15, 2018 3:14 pm

Hi everyone. I am new here so hope i have put this in the right place. Please move if not.

So after 4 years peace the dwp have set in place another reassessment for me. I am in the esa support group. I returned the form on time to the people doing the assessments. Am just wondering if they are still working a back log or how long these things are taking? if anyone has any idea? I suffer with Bipolar, Diabetes, Arthritis and Fibromyalgia just about getting every symptom it can throw at me. The waiting to hear back from the form is really not helping.
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Re: ESA50

Postby besidemyself » Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:59 am

Thank you Lisa that all makes sense. My daughter did email them, i think it must be their head office of the people who do the assessing, and they forwarded it to their office for my area. They said they would do this and that office would reply but they haven't. So yes am guessing i am way on a list somewhere. Just trying to breathe through it and not let the anxiety wipe me totally out.
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Re: ESA50

Postby besidemyself » Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:28 pm

So I got the face to face appointment letter yesterday. Feeling quite sick with anxiety. The last time I had a f2f at the same place I have to attend now, started an 18 month of agony until tribunal which I won. i've just heard that quiet a few claimants in the support group are being shoved into the wrag group as a dwp money saving exercise. Will they then be claiming the new esa, or just being moved from one group to the other and claim the old rate?.

I guess I am expecting it not to go well....I still have nightmares from the last episode.
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Re: ESA50

Postby besidemyself » Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:25 pm

Thank you. My daughter who is my carer will be with me. She is in complete control of the many medications I take, as I have gotten confused, forgetful. I guess its just take a deep breath and get through it, am so grateful she will be with me. Thank you again.
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Re: ESA50

Postby besidemyself » Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:42 am

So....the assessment was yesterday. They agreed to arrange taxi there and back after my GP faxed them. They rang the day before speaking to my daughter re times etc and the taxi was booked to arrive at my home at 10.00, by 10.10 I was in panic mode as it hadnt arrived, my daughter was on the phone continuously trying to get through to them and eventually after several minutes they finally took her call. Traffic issues but they hadnt let us know. After two more calls it finally arrived at 10.45. My appointment being 11.00 and being told to arrive ten minutes early, thankfully it was their taxi arrangement and not mine that had caused delay. I was already frazzled, in discomfort and pain, and anxiety climbing by the second, fog setting in my brain. The assessor seemed nice, but ive seen that before and it turned out she told a pack of lies on the report. I wasn't asked to do any physical movements, she asked some questions that were on the esa 50 a copy of which she only read a few minutes before I went in. So she was looking at that I think on the screen, asking questions and bashing away at the keyboard. Twenty minutes and it was over, she said I would hear in about 5 weeks or within 5 weeks I cant remember. My daughter was with me throughout, and answered a lot for me. They booked a taxi to take us home. So now its just the wait....holding breath and praying for right result.
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Re: ESA50

Postby besidemyself » Sat Jun 09, 2018 12:42 pm

I really hope so. I was wiped out when we got home but my head was buzzing, its a real mess when my bipolar mood heightens from anxiety and meets with the fibro symptoms. I had to struggle yesterday to just get some fresh air and breathe, but am now totally flat out, praise be for laptops that balance on the bed. Hopefully I will have good news to give soon.
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Re: ESA50

Postby besidemyself » Sun Jul 01, 2018 12:46 pm

Hi everyone....so my news came a few days ago. I was successful in being placed again in the support group. I am so relieved that I don't have to appeal etc. I feel blessed. I wasn't expecting it I have to say, based on past experience and other peoples experiences. The decision came just under 3 weeks after the assessment. I hadnt asked for a copy of the report as I was waiting for the outcome from the decision maker. Am wondering whether to ask for a copy now just for future reference. The assessor asked me why I wasn't on or applying for PIP, my reply was it was enough to have to go through one reassessment never mind two. She gave me a condescending look, and really didn't appear to have any understanding at all of my anxiety and how that appointment was affecting me. That's why I really didn't think I would get the result I did. Unless of course the decision maker felt enough was gleaned with my physical issues and all the fibromyalgia symptoms. All I received was the dwp letter advising me I am in support group and the rates of payment etc. Nothing about how long for. I don't want to shake a stick at them but cant help being curious as to what was in the assessment report.

Anyhow I thought I would update here.
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Re: ESA50

Postby besidemyself » Sun Jul 01, 2018 8:44 pm

Thank you for your reply Lisa. I am truly just very grateful to have what I have got just now. I have kept everything (copy) of what I have sent them, and a transcript of the actual assessment. So I will just move forward from it now I think. Thank you for this site....its awesome.
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Re: ESA50

Postby besidemyself » Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:06 pm

just an update, I requested a copy of the esa assessment report that was sent to the dwp. The assessor I had was a disability assessor, so I was lucky in that respect. She noted down everything myself and daughter told her and made observations that were correct and true. At the bottom it says review in the medium term.
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