ESA Mandatory Reconsideration and Appeal
I was placed in the WRAG instead of the support group. For Rheumatoid Arthritis, anxiety and depression.
I’ve called today to ask for my assessors report, and reasons for the decision. I haven’t asked for a MR yet.
I have also been told that someone will call me to explain the reasons in around 48 hours.
During my ESA telephone assessment I was asked questions on my Mental health but not my RA, after 25 mins the HCA said we’d now come to the end. I asked to talk about my RA and GI side effects and the HCP said I’d already reached the threshold so we can’t go on.
I said “for the support group?” She said Yes, that’s what I’m going to recommend.
She said I didn’t need to talk further and I could relax.
I was actually expecting to be placed in support group for GI side effects (bowel incontinence) but we didn’t get into that despite me asking to talk about it. I have no idea what I said during my assessment for the assessor to say she was recommending support group mental health wise.
So obviously a bit surprised to receive a letter saying I’d receive WRAG rate for a year (contribution based)
When I called DWP today I stated that I didn’t want to start MR today as wanted to read reports first. She said after they’ve gone though it with you on the phone you probably won’t ask for an MR when you realise why.
I can only think she is referring to them fact that I was in receipt of Carers Allowance for my son (who is Disabled but my help is mainly prompting and supervision) but this was paused or reduced by DWP when I applied for ESA.
What’s more I called DWP in July (when I first considered claiming ESA) to ask about stopping Carers Allowance (In case my caring role conflicted with my own health) but was advised against it because they said should keep “underlying entitlement”? Or something along those lines.
Could I ask DWP for a copy of that call?
Do you have any advice or anything I should say when I’m called in the next 48 hours?
Is there anything else I should be doing to prepare?
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