Your browser isn't supported
It looks like you're using an old web browser. To get the most out of the site and to ensure guides display correctly, we suggest upgrading your browser now. Download the latest:

Welcome to the MSE Forums

We're home to a fantastic community of MoneySavers but anyone can post. Please exercise caution & report spam, illegal, offensive or libellous posts/messages: click "report" or email forumteam@.

Search
  • FIRST POST
    • charmed1318
    • By charmed1318 8th Jul 17, 12:35 PM
    • 171Posts
    • 28,121Thanks
    charmed1318
    Mandatory Reconsideration Letter
    • #1
    • 8th Jul 17, 12:35 PM
    Mandatory Reconsideration Letter 8th Jul 17 at 12:35 PM
    I have searched for some information and found a little, but not necessarily how to set it out/make sure I include everything I should.

    I have requested an appt with CAB to help, but just in case (or to take with me anyway) waned to start writing it, or at least make notes.

    Short version: Up to September last year, was on ESA SG for depression, anxiety and a mood disorder - for which I was and still am taking medication and have been referred for other treatment. I stupidly thought everything was going okay, applied for part time job (to come off ESA), 2 min walk from home, job I had done previously, manager I kind of knew. Two weeks later can't handle it, health completely back tracked. Issues with Rapid Reclaim as now in UC full area. Had to re-apply for everything, get certificates, no money etc.

    Had WCA in May, got the result Friday 30th June via Journal. Guess I should be happy enough I got "you have limited capability for work."
    Searched for a while to be shown "which means that although you may be unable to look for work now, you are able to prepare for work with the aim of working at some time in the future" - meaning going to courses etc.

    I received my copy of the assessment after being thrown pillar to post over the phone and emails - NOTE to people requesting this, do it through your Journal - I would say about 50% I agree with, but for example there is a bit about me not 'trembling', I know for certain I was shaking for the whole 25 minutes I was there with the 'nurse', as well as the fact I had a bad weekend drinking - not 'planned' trying not to think abut the assessment on Monday 22nd, which was rescheduled by them from the Tuesday 23rd 3pm and then cancelled when I was queuing to sign in AT the centre. I requested to stay as the journey there was bad enough, plus my mum had taken time out to take the hours it took. I suppose I was lucky to get seen, but a lot of other people who were queuing and were told their appt had been cancelled went away, some even telling my mum that this was the 3rd/4th time it had happened.

    Anyway, going off topic. Does anyone have any guidance on how to layout the letter/make points. I'll keep my fingers crossed ffor the CAB appt.

    Many thanks for reading all this, any feedback is appreciated.

    Emz


Page 1
    • NeilCr
    • By NeilCr 8th Jul 17, 12:40 PM
    • 1,022 Posts
    • 1,100 Thanks
    NeilCr
    • #2
    • 8th Jul 17, 12:40 PM
    • #2
    • 8th Jul 17, 12:40 PM
    Some good guidance here

    https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/sick-or-disabled-people-and-carers/employment-and-support-allowance/while-youre-getting-esa/challenging-an-esa-decision/
    • Alice Holt
    • By Alice Holt 9th Jul 17, 1:28 AM
    • 1,463 Posts
    • 1,563 Thanks
    Alice Holt
    • #3
    • 9th Jul 17, 1:28 AM
    • #3
    • 9th Jul 17, 1:28 AM
    And these are the Support Group descriptors:
    https://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/employment-and-support-allowance/esa-glossary/1353-support-group-descriptors
    or Regulation 35:
    http://www.cpag.org.uk/content/making-exception

    I suspect Reg 35 might be why you were in the SG before.
    Would your GP / CPN / etc confirm that your health would be at significant risk if you had to participate in WRAG activities?
    • charmed1318
    • By charmed1318 9th Jul 17, 9:20 AM
    • 171 Posts
    • 28,121 Thanks
    charmed1318
    • #4
    • 9th Jul 17, 9:20 AM
    • #4
    • 9th Jul 17, 9:20 AM
    Would your GP / CPN / etc confirm that your health would be at significant risk if you had to participate in WRAG activities?
    Originally posted by Alice Holt
    Thanks for the links. My GP would, but I found out a week or so ago they left the surgery and I have no idea where they have gone.
    I guess it's just stupid, and I know it has been said before, someone who see's someone for less than 1/2 an hour makes notes, to pass on to someone else who then decides.

    It's embarrassing enough to have to go to the JC at nearly 30 with my mum. now I have to take her with me to group activities.


    • Alice Holt
    • By Alice Holt 9th Jul 17, 6:55 PM
    • 1,463 Posts
    • 1,563 Thanks
    Alice Holt
    • #5
    • 9th Jul 17, 6:55 PM
    • #5
    • 9th Jul 17, 6:55 PM
    It's embarrassing enough to have to go to the JC at nearly 30 with my mum. now I have to take her with me to group activities.
    Originally posted by charmed1318
    Put that in the MR / appeal. Ask your mum to write a letter detailing how your anxiety / poor mental health effects social engagement, and attending WRAG interviews / training etc.
    The more evidence you can get around the relevant descriptor, and Reg 35, the better.
    It is still worth a visit to your surgery to explain and ask your new GP if they would support your appeal.

    Good luck.
Welcome to our new Forum!

Our aim is to save you money quickly and easily. We hope you like it!

Forum Team Contact us

Live Stats

3,969Posts Today

8,807Users online

Martin's Twitter