Completing ESA50 online

This form is available as Adobe Acrobat PDF, and Properties says filling of form fields is allowed.

disabilityalliance.org/esa50.pdf

I can't however work out how to do it. I have to fill one in now and (following serious illness and stroke five years ago) my handwriting is appalling.

I though it was Govt policy to be able to do everything online by about 2007:question::question:??!

Maybe I am just doing it wrong?

Any help appreciated. I believe another thread shows there is demand for this facility.
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Arthur

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  • if you cant manage for whatever reason to do ot online it is perfectly ok to get a friend or relation to fill in the hard copy for you
  • jennilbjennilb Forumite
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    Hi

    My friend helped me to fill in mine, and she is dyslexic so her handwriting is quite poor. I had my medical on Friday and she came with me and said to the doctor 'I hope you can read my handwriting'. He made a joke about being a doctor so being able to read anyones handwriting cos it was always better than his :)

    I guess what I'm saying is, don't worry about your handwriting. If it is poor due to your medical condition, that just provides them with a demonstration of one of the problems you have to work round. But it is definitely a good idea to get help with the form, as it is quite complicated. I used the (88 page!) guidance from the benefits and work website and got help from two friends and my dad (who's a barrister) and we still found it tough!

    Good luck :)

    Jenni
  • bdg2bdg2 Forumite
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    arthur2 wrote: »
    This form is available as Adobe Acrobat PDF, and Properties says filling of form fields is allowed.

    disabilityalliance.org/esa50.pdf

    I can't however work out how to do it. I have to fill one in now and (following serious illness and stroke five years ago) my handwriting is appalling.

    I though it was Govt policy to be able to do everything online by about 2007:question::question:??!

    Maybe I am just doing it wrong?

    Any help appreciated. I believe another thread shows there is demand for this facility.
    I'm pretty certain it's simply saying filling of form fields would be allowed if there were any fillable form fields, but in fact there aren't actually any. :mad:
  • LindsayOLindsayO Forumite
    398 Posts
    I think you need to download a different version of the form. The one you have is the one to print out and not the interactive one

    The interactive one can be found on the directgov website page

    http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/DisabledPeople/FinancialSupport/esa/DG_172014

    you need to click on the link that says
    I hope this works
    LindsayO
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  • bdg2bdg2 Forumite
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    LindsayO wrote: »
    I think you need to download a different version of the form. The one you have is the one to print out and not the interactive one

    The interactive one can be found on the directgov website page...

    Thanks but that's an ESA1, the first form that's starts the whole hellish process of applying for ESA. It is relatively straight forward compared to the ESA50 and there is no real need for an electronic version of it.
  • LindsayOLindsayO Forumite
    398 Posts
    oh sorry, that wasn't very helpful of me was it?
    LindsayO
    Goal: mortgage free asap
    15/10/2007: Mortgage: £110k Term: 17 years
    18/08/2008: Mortgage: £107k Mortgage - Offset savings: £105k
    02/01/2009: Mortgage: £105k Mortgage - Offset savings: £99k

  • agalagal Forumite
    282 Posts
    arthur2 wrote: »

    disabilityalliance.org/esa50.pdf

    I don't understand page 6 of this form - lots of boxes but no text to indicate what to put in them :(
  • dcx3lidcx3li Forumite
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    ESA50.

    The electronic version can be found here:direct.gov.uk/prod_consum_dg/groups/dg_digitalassets/@dg/@en/@money/documents/digitalasset/dg_195544.pdf

    Download, fill in and post. Good luck!
  • Richie-from-the-BoroRichie-from-the-Boro Forumite
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    agal wrote: »
    I don't understand page 6 of this form - lots of boxes but no text to indicate what to put in them :(

    Six is all about Mobility expressed in terms of physical functions, it says

    """ Use this space to tell us how far you can move and why you might have to stop. For example tiredness or discomfort. If it varies, tell us how. Tell us if you usually use a walking stick, crutches, a wheelchair or anything else to help you, and tell us how it affects the way you move around. """

    It's about standing / sitting / reaching and getting around safely.
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