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    ESA questions

    Hi everyone

    My partner Sarah has been in receipt of IB since she had to give up work due to a heart condition in 2008 and last week received the dreaded letter from the DWP saying they’ll call within the next 2 weeks to confirm her identity and start the process for WCA and ESA assessment. Could someone help us out with a few questions please?

    • If Sarah is successful and is eligible for ESA, will it be income based or contribution based? I know it starts off as contribution based for new applicants who’ve made sufficient NI contributions but not sure if the same is true for people switching from IB.
    • If she isn’t successful and is put on JSA, same question, will it be income or contribution based?
    • Sarah also receives Income Protection insurance from Unum, if she’s rejected for ESA, is it possible Unum will then stop the payments on the basis the DWP now consider her fit for work?
    • How long will the whole process take from now until a final decision being made and her IB officially stopping and being replaced with either JSA or ESA?
    • If Sarah isn’t successful and appeals, what benefit(s) will she be entitled to while the appeal is being processed?


    Thanks in advance

    Ian

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    Hi Ian

    I think you're thinking too far ahead after you get the phone call they will send you the esa50 form fill it in as best as you can and send any medical notes and docs letters that might help, then you'll get a call telling you their decision which will then be sent to you in writing, i heard about 5weeks after sent it back it varies on how long each person as to wait. If she's put in the support group things stay as they are on her IB if put in work related group it stays as it was on IB for 365days then it goes onto another benefit. So I'd just get the form done first then take it from when you get the decision on that goodluck

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    We are finding the more evidence you send in the more chance you will have a better out come, so it best to ask doctors GP consultants carers or social workers for written evidence or statements to back up what you have said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by treborc View Post
    We are finding the more evidence you send in the more chance you will have a better out come, so it best to ask doctors GP consultants carers or social workers for written evidence or statements to back up what you have said.
    Surley if you`ve been getting DLA ever since it started, been reassed every few years, their bound to have some record of that when it comes to PIP

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    Quote Originally Posted by treborc View Post
    We are finding the more evidence you send in the more chance you will have a better out come, so it best to ask doctors GP consultants carers or social workers for written evidence or statements to back up what you have said.
    This is good advice.

    I sent 12 A4 sheets with extra information of my disabilities plus a letter from my GP, specialist physio, proof of NHS pension (I was 32 when retired), support letters from both my carers and probably more which I have forgotten about right now. Oh yes evidence to show what care I receive from Social Services and a letter from my neurosurgeon to confirm my disability.

    Like someone else has said your jumping a bit ahead of yourselves but then again forewarned is forearmed and while I'm dishing out the quotes, remember knowledge is power !

    Good luck

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    Thanks for all you responses, we're felling a little more confident about the whole thing now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StueyR View Post
    Surley if you`ve been getting DLA ever since it started, been reassed every few years, their bound to have some record of that when it comes to PIP
    Think about it, Government stated a person who applied in say like me in 1990 may have now changed become worse or better, so they need to update the record.

    Also due to the new rules on data, according to the DWP they destroy all your evidence you send them every eighteen months so they should or would not have anything on you except what they need.

    You can take either one as the reason but they would now want all new evidence.

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