ESA Reassessment

Hi there,

I received a form from ESA to complete and send back by the 26th of December. I have been receiving ESA for around 7 years and am in the work related activity group. I think it is called a reassessment form? I sent it back in the middle of December but have not heard anything again from ESA. I was wondering what is likely to happen now? Will I be called in to meet a medical professional to discuss staying on ESA? How long after I send the form back am I likely to hear? I know this is all dependant but wondered if anyone has had a reassessment recently and could advise what is likely to happen next and when?

thankyou.

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  • poppy12345
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    You maybe asked to attend a work capability assessment. This would either be by telephone or face to face at an assessment centre. Paper based assessments are possible but fairly rare.

    There's no timescales how long you maybe waiting. Some wait weeks and others wait several months. If an assessment is needed then you will be contacted.
  • Robbie64
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    I'm in the same position and am also in the WRAG. I got my ESA50 the second week in December and the form had to be returned by 4 Janaury. The DWP received the form on 28 December (I phoned the Health Advisory Assessment Service to make sure it had been received). It's been almost 5 years since I was last assessed (March 2019) as COVID and backlogs meant that the Work Capability Assessment review date was pushed back from September 2020 to September 2022 to September 2024. I wasn't quite expecting the ESA50 form to land just before Christmas as a result but I'm assuming that the DWP are concentrating on reviewing people in the WRAG at present.
    I'm not expecting to be assessed on a paper review but if it did happen will I receive a letter from HAAS to inform me that my file has been returned back to the DWP? Or do I just get left in limbo never knowing whether it has been done?
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    Robbie64 said:
     I'm assuming that the DWP are concentrating on reviewing people in the WRAG at present.


    Yes, it seems like they are reviewing those in the WRAG/LCW at the moment. I've heard of quite a few people receiving forms.

    Robbie64 said:
    will I receive a letter from HAAS to inform me that my file has been returned back to the DWP?

    No, you will not receive any confirmation that a report or file has been returned. If a paper based assessment is completed, you won't know until you receive the decision letter.
  • Robbie64
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    Robbie64 said:
     I'm assuming that the DWP are concentrating on reviewing people in the WRAG at present.


    Yes, it seems like they are reviewing those in the WRAG/LCW at the moment. I've heard of quite a few people receiving forms.

    Robbie64 said:
    will I receive a letter from HAAS to inform me that my file has been returned back to the DWP?

    No, you will not receive any confirmation that a report or file has been returned. If a paper based assessment is completed, you won't know until you receive the decision letter.

    A decision letter is good. I wasn't sure if anything would be sent if a decison to keep someone in the WRAG was made. In the past there have been threads here which indicated that the DWP had simply made the decision and not notified the person. This is one area where the use of texts to keep people informed at all stages of the review process would be useful.
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