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    • Polgara72
    • By Polgara72 5th Apr 18, 3:03 PM
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    Polgara72
    ESA Work Capability assessment. Please help
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    • 5th Apr 18, 3:03 PM
    ESA Work Capability assessment. Please help 5th Apr 18 at 3:03 PM
    I have moderately severe depression and anxiety. For the past two years Iíve been in the support group for ESA, but I have to attend a WCA in two weeks. Iím terrified. Iíve heard so many horror stories about it. I receive PIP.

    Does anyone have any advice or experience that might help please?
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    • Danday
    • By Danday 11th Apr 18, 10:11 AM
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    Perhaps read the form a little closer? From PIP sample form.

    Section 2 - About your health condition or disability continued
    Q2b - Tell us about:
    ē tablets or other medication youíre taking or will be taking and the dosage
    ē any treatments youíre having or will be having, such as chemotherapy,
    physiotherapy or dialysis
    ē any side effects these have on you.
    Originally posted by Polgara72
    To be honest I never saw that last statement. For that particular section as I have said, I didn't write anything down other than say 'see prescription list attached'.
    • NeilCr
    • By NeilCr 11th Apr 18, 10:32 AM
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    CAB guide to PIP form completion re medication

    https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/sick-or-disabled-people-and-carers/pip/help-with-your-claim/fill-in-form/2-your-conditions/

    List medication you use or are about to start
    • Danday
    • By Danday 11th Apr 18, 10:32 AM
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    Danday
    Same here, former civil servant myself too.

    Hugs
    Originally posted by bspm1
    So was I, my father and grandfather before me. before I retired In fact the majority of my family were civil servants.

    That actually counts for nothing I'm afraid and certainly doesn't address the purpose and reason for this thread.
    • Danday
    • By Danday 11th Apr 18, 10:36 AM
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    What Citizens Advice has to say

    https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/sick-or-disabled-people-and-carers/employment-and-support-allowance/help-with-your-esa-claim/fill-in-form/medical-evidence/

    In my experience as a CitA adviser it is usual for the evidence to be sent in by the claimant.

    That's not to say that there might not be occasions when DWP do contact the doctor themselves but it's certainly not the norm - that I am aware of.
    Originally posted by NeilCr
    The DWP certainly asked my GP for a report when claiming DLA. I don't think they contacted hi for the PIP applications.
    • sandra1980123
    • By sandra1980123 11th Apr 18, 10:47 AM
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    That is true it is rare that they contact medical professionals.
    They didn't contact my doctor and even though I didn't send any evidence with my form I got support group without a f2f my nephew got the same and I have read of a few other people getting the same.
    It really depends a lot on how straight forward your claim is and if you fill in the form in the correct way you will have no problems getting an award.
    Last edited by MSE ForumTeam3; 14-04-2018 at 1:40 PM. Reason: Quoting deleted post
    • NeilCr
    • By NeilCr 11th Apr 18, 10:53 AM
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    You have to fill the form in honestly.
    Last edited by MSE ForumTeam3; 14-04-2018 at 1:38 PM. Reason: Quoting deleted post
    • sandra1980123
    • By sandra1980123 13th Apr 18, 6:55 PM
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    sandra1980123
    I'm not sure how you got the Support Group without any evidence and without an assessment too. Did they contact any medical professionals for evidence?

    Evidence is a very important part to claiming ESA or any other disability benefit. I wouldn't advice anyone to claim any of them without sending any evidence.
    Originally posted by poppy12345
    No they didn't contact my doctor,the assessor and decision maker obviously decided that they had enough evidence from the information that I wrote in my form,I got the decision makers report and all it said was I meet a support group descriptor.
    • NeilCr
    • By NeilCr 14th Apr 18, 10:24 AM
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