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    • mw1805
    • By mw1805 14th Apr 18, 12:02 PM
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    Iíve had a letter asking me to fill in another questionnaire - ESA
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    • 14th Apr 18, 12:02 PM
    Iíve had a letter asking me to fill in another questionnaire - ESA 14th Apr 18 at 12:02 PM
    If I sound stupid Iím sorry, Iím new here. I can see this entire situation ending badly for me due to recent benefit cuts.

    I currently get top rate ESA and PIP due to severe mental health issues. 2 years ago I was constantly in and out of hospital for attempting suicide and Iíve got a history of self harm. I cannot even go out alone without assistance from my parents and boyfriend. I canít even fathom going out alone. The thought is making me want to vomit.

    Anyway, today I got a letter asking me to fill in another health questionnaire. I canít undersrnsd this because I got a letter about 3-4 weeks ago stating my esa amount and everything seemed unchanged.

    Surely this means my claim could be altered/stopped if they deem Ďnothing wrongí with me. When my ESA was approved I didnít need a face to face a all, they simply told me to fill the questionnaire in and I didnít get invited to any appointment.

    I need advice, ant input?


    Thanks - also sorry for typing errors Iím on my phone
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    • mw1805
    • By mw1805 14th Apr 18, 12:03 PM
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    • 14th Apr 18, 12:03 PM
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    • 14th Apr 18, 12:03 PM
    Also to add - (unable to edit on my phone)
    I havenít been in hospital for 2 years. My ESA was approved a year ago this month. Iíve been having therapy and on regular medication
    • pmlindyloo
    • By pmlindyloo 14th Apr 18, 12:19 PM
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    • 14th Apr 18, 12:19 PM
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    • 14th Apr 18, 12:19 PM
    The letter you got about your ESA is probably the usual one sent out around April time to tell you the rates for the next year.

    They can review your ESA at any time so I am afraid this is it.

    Did you get any help with your previous application? The process for this one will be the same. Complete the form (or get some help from CAB/welfare advisor) and send in your medical evidence from doctors, therapists etc.

    Useful link for help with completing the form.

    https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/sick-or-disabled-people-and-carers/employment-and-support-allowance/help-with-your-esa-claim/fill-in-form/
    Last edited by pmlindyloo; 14-04-2018 at 12:21 PM.
    • Alice Holt
    • By Alice Holt 14th Apr 18, 12:27 PM
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    • 14th Apr 18, 12:27 PM
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    • 14th Apr 18, 12:27 PM
    Is the health questionnaire for ESA or PIP?

    Do you have a local CAB / advice agency that could help you complete it.

    If ESA have a look at this:
    https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/sick-or-disabled-people-and-carers/employment-and-support-allowance/help-with-your-esa-claim/fill-in-form/

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

    This is a useful site:
    https://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/
    They have very good guides available for members (membership costs £20pa).

    Here are the ESA descriptors:
    https://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/employment-and-support-allowance/start-the-esa-test

    This is likely to be important for you:
    Because of your physical or mental health condition or learning disability, there would be a substantial risk to the mental or physical health of any person, including you, if you were found not to have limited capability for work-related activity.
    It's known as Reg 35. More info:
    http://www.cpag.org.uk/content/making-exception

    Be aware that there is not a specific question on the ESA form for this - so include details on a separate sheet or the other info page. If you can get medical evidence of significant mental risk, so much the better.
    https://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/news/2955-regulation-35-2-b-is-now-the-main-route-into-esa-support-group


    Also rethink mental health have good factsheets:
    https://www.rethink.org/

    Edit: Cross posted with pmlindyloo
    Last edited by Alice Holt; 14-04-2018 at 12:37 PM. Reason: Cross posted with pmlindyloo
    • mw1805
    • By mw1805 14th Apr 18, 3:59 PM
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    • 14th Apr 18, 3:59 PM
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    • 14th Apr 18, 3:59 PM
    Hi everyone. Thanks for your responses.

    It is an ESA questionnaire. My PIP is ongoing until 2020.

    I filled it out alone when I did it last (the ESA form) and I also didn!!!8217;t send any medical evidence in. The reason I was as slack with it was because I was having a pretty low day the day that I filled it out and to my surprise they came back saying I needn!!!8217;t have a face to face and was awarded highest rate (presuming they spoke to my doctor or something)

    I understand it needs filling out again, but my question is will my ESA stop until they!!!8217;ve re-evaluated things? Will I still get the money coming in or will they pause it?

    Thanks x
    • poppy12345
    • By poppy12345 14th Apr 18, 4:06 PM
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    • 14th Apr 18, 4:06 PM
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    • 14th Apr 18, 4:06 PM
    Your ESA will continue while a decision is made. It will only stop if you're found fit for work.
    • pmlindyloo
    • By pmlindyloo 14th Apr 18, 4:07 PM
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    • 14th Apr 18, 4:07 PM
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    • 14th Apr 18, 4:07 PM
    As long as you get the form back by the required date then your ESA will continue.
    • poppy12345
    • By poppy12345 14th Apr 18, 4:16 PM
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    • 14th Apr 18, 4:16 PM
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    • 14th Apr 18, 4:16 PM
    A regular poster on here who is very knowledgeable with ESA always pointed out that if a person is claiming for mental health reasons then the 4 week deadline to return those forms, doesn't apply.
    • pmlindyloo
    • By pmlindyloo 14th Apr 18, 4:49 PM
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    • 14th Apr 18, 4:49 PM
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    • 14th Apr 18, 4:49 PM
    A regular poster on here who is very knowledgeable with ESA always pointed out that if a person is claiming for mental health reasons then the 4 week deadline to return those forms, doesn't apply.
    Originally posted by poppy12345
    This is rather interesting:

    https://dpac.uk.net/2015/03/guidance-on-returning-esa-forms-and-how-to-manage-thedwp-rules/

    Having read it I would still be wary about not returning the form unless you ask for extra time.

    Although the time limits appear to be DWP rules rather than legislation I would not like to take the risk of having my money stopped even if it was restarted after appealing.
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