ESA ran out in November but still no call for reassessment, good or bad situation?

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I worry that I will get a out of the blue letter demanding I come in, I have spoken to a neighbour on ESA who said their reassessment was about a year after it was meant to be, and they got a letter about 3 months before it mentioning.

Part of the reason I also worry is I am on work related and I want support, I was meant to get regular appointments with jobcentre to get me back to work but in my entire claim had 2 x 5 minute appointments mentioning theres nothing they can do due to cutbacks and that was over a year ago and I moved since then.

I want to get back to work, I also would appreciate the help with travel they have in form of a card that gives half price rail travel.
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  • tomtontom
    tomtontom Posts: 7,929 Forumite
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    What support would you like? There isn't a great deal the JCP can do that you can't do yourself.
  • helping_hand2014
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    its not always about what a person wants its more like what they are entitled too. the benefits system does not work that way im afraid.
  • nannytone_2
    nannytone_2 Posts: 12,952 Forumite
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    do you mean a travel card issued by your local authority.... if so, then you need to look at your councils rules regarding this sheme.

    if you mean a railcard for national trael, then you seem to be talking about the disabled persons railcard.
    its 1/3 off not half price and it costs £20 a year.
    you have to be in receipt of certain disability benefits to get it
  • Viberduo
    Viberduo Posts: 1,148 Forumite
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    Couldnt sleep so on early, no theres a jobcentre card that gives half price travel here is snippet of information

    This is provided to those unemployed claiming Jobseekers Allowance or Universal Credit for 3-9 months (18-24 year olds) or 3-12 months (over 25s). Other benefit recipients may receive a Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card from 3 months of their claim and if they are actively engaged with a Jobcentre Plus adviser. Cardholders are entitled to a 50% discount on selected rail tickets.

    And I am entitled to regular help at the jobcentre, I had it in writing I am meant to get regular advisor interviews(thats why its work related esa) but on the only appointments I had I was told theres so many cutbacks they cant even give me what they told me I am entitled to.

    I do have a bus pass but if I want to go to the city its 40 minutes by train but £9 return or by bus it takes over 2 hours because I have to change plus a lot of traffic it expands my chances of getting work since I have more areas I can go to within a reasonable time, theres another place I can go for seasonal work but its 2 hours by bus again due to changes and a hour by train
  • rogerblack
    rogerblack Posts: 9,446 Forumite
    edited 18 February 2015 at 3:01PM
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    Viberduo wrote: »
    And I am entitled to regular help at the jobcentre, I had it in writing I am meant to get regular advisor interviews(thats why its work related esa) but on the only appointments I had I was told theres so many cutbacks they cant even give me what they told me I am entitled to.

    You are entitled to nothing.
    There are no obligations to help you at all, only things that may be required of you.
    What you are required to do is entirely at their discretion, and can be as little as work-focussed interviews taking 5 minutes every 6 months done over the phone, or even less.
  • KxMx
    KxMx Posts: 10,618 Forumite
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    edited 18 February 2015 at 3:48PM
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    ATOS are in meltdown and the new provider, Maximus, is not expected to take over until March.

    In many areas re-assessments have been postponed and there will then be a back log for Maximus to work through.

    If you phone the number on your letters, and ask for a callback from the JCP who administers your claim (you initially get through to a call centre who can help with some info but not what you need), they can tell you the current review date on file for your claim.

    This date may nor may not change again so if you don't get an ESA50 a few weeks after the date you are given, call again.
  • nad1611
    nad1611 Posts: 710 Forumite
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    Viberduo wrote: »
    I worry that I will get a out of the blue letter demanding I come in, I have spoken to a neighbour on ESA who said their reassessment was about a year after it was meant to be, and they got a letter about 3 months before it mentioning
    .

    So from your statement you know November was the time they gave you to be reviewed? In which case you don't need to call anyone. The time has passed and as others have said, there's been a delay on reassessments for all.

    In order to be reassessed they need up to date information. So before you get asked to "come in" they will need to send you an ESA50 claim form, to see how your condition affects your ability to work and whether anything has changed. Unless you feel your condition has changed sufficiently to warrant getting back to work, I would carry on as you are, until they are ready to reassess you. This shouldn't stop you working towards getting back to work if you feel able to do so.

    Viberduo wrote: »
    Part of the reason I also worry is I am on work related and I want support, I was meant to get regular appointments with jobcentre to get me back to work but in my entire claim had 2 x 5 minute appointments mentioning theres nothing they can do due to cutbacks and that was over a year ago and I moved since then.

    I want to get back to work, I also would appreciate the help with travel they have in form of a card that gives half price rail travel.

    Not quite sure what your question is regarding the travel card as you seem to know all about that?
  • KxMx
    KxMx Posts: 10,618 Forumite
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    I would get confirmation of the current review date, only because an ESA50 lost in the post can lead to benefits being stopped.
  • TELLIT01
    TELLIT01 Posts: 16,580 Forumite
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    edited 22 February 2015 at 3:46PM
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    Virtually all routine reassessments were stopped many months ago because ATOS couldn't even cope with new referrals. The company which has taken over are suggesting it's likely to be at least 18 months from the time they take over to clear the backlog. Don't worry about it as long as you continue to get the money.
  • nad1611
    nad1611 Posts: 710 Forumite
    edited 22 February 2015 at 1:31PM
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    KxMx wrote: »
    I would get confirmation of the current review date, only because an ESA50 lost in the post can lead to benefits being stopped.
    Anyone who's reassessment hasn't happened when it should, could all think this way, but most will just wait to be contacted.

    Given that they also send a letter separately after the ESA50 has been sent, telling you that you have to send the ESA50 by such and such a date and given the fact, as said, reassessments have been suspended, it's highly unlikely this would happen.
    I think they called a halt about January 2013.
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