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Title: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: bub1 on 22 Dec 2017 05:08PM
Had letter today from health assessment centre say my appointment has been postponed and my appointment on the 3rd January 2018 has been cancelled and they will contact me again soon to arrange another appointment?
Then below it says if you want to discuss your claim or if you would like more information about why you no longer need this assessment please contact job centre plus office that deals with your claim. T top of letter it says Important we have postponed your appointment?

Can anyone have a clue why this happened?
I think they wonít have enough staff.
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: Monic1511 on 22 Dec 2017 07:43PM
Hi Bub
it could be either they have enough info to make a decision on your claim without the assessment or that 3rd January a majority of staff are still on holiday.  There is no point in phoning them to ask whats going on, just enjoy a day in the house that is less stressful than the visit to an assessment centre.
 >hugs<
Monic
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: bub1 on 23 Dec 2017 08:25AM
Thanks monic
I do expect that itís the latter and not enough people.
So will wait for next one to arrive.
Itís not really worrying me as such I just wanted to get it out of the way.
At least they let me know this time.
Last time I went twice to be told it had been cancelled and file wasnít there.
The third time I was seen.
Have a nice Christmas
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 23 Dec 2017 10:38AM
Sorry to read you're being messed about, Bub; try not to let it spoil your Christmas as there's nothing that can be done now anyway... Sending you some festive cheer  >pudding< >bubbly<
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: bub1 on 23 Dec 2017 11:23AM
Thankyou
It will not spoil my Christmas it means that I now have another letter to add as they have cancelled my day surgery and will be sending me another appointment.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS 🎄 everyone
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment UPDATE
Post by: bub1 on 29 Dec 2017 04:44PM
Received new letter this morning with a new appointment date if 25th January 2018 at 3.45.
So I will be sending next week all the other information I have to them regarding hospital appointment etc.
Is this the right thing to do send copies but also take copies wine on the day?
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: Sunny Clouds on 29 Dec 2017 05:30PM
Monic or someone will give you a knowledge-based reply, but my general reply, based on a long-term view of the benefits system, is never to trust that information will end up in the right bit of the benefits system,  especially when there's both a private assessor and a DWP decision-maker involved.
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: lankou on 29 Dec 2017 06:15PM
Monic or someone will give you a knowledge-based reply, but my general reply, based on a long-term view of the benefits system, is never to trust that information will end up in the right bit of the benefits system,  especially when there's both a private assessor and a DWP decision-maker involved.

I agree 100% with that.
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: Monic1511 on 29 Dec 2017 07:20PM
Hi
You can take additional Information with you but if you send anything to the assessment centre make sure you send copies, many assessors will not have looked at the additional evidence and some refuse to look at new stuff on the day as well.

If your assessor doesn't have or wont look at additional stuff on the day then I would hold onto it until you get the decision.  If the decision is not in your favour you send it with the mandatory reconsideration.

I hear a few reports that the assessors are nice folk but since the assessments are rushed they don't have time to look at all the additional things folk bring with them,   they write a report, they don't make a decision though so will sometimes ignore the info as its not their decision.

I know that's not what you want to hear but there is little you can do other than turn up not looking your best on the day.

regards
Monic
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: bub1 on 29 Dec 2017 07:33PM
Will take it with me then.
Just another question is benefit paid I. arrears? I am due on the 19th January? Next 2 nd February. Is it one week in arrears then one week in front
Thanks
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: Monic1511 on 29 Dec 2017 07:53PM
Its 2 weeks in arrears, your paid for the previous fortnight so should be alright money wise
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: ally on 30 Dec 2017 01:02PM
I took two additional lots of evidence with me into the f to f.  She wouldn't accept one, as it related to the shingles Id developed after I'd sent in my pip form.  The other one was was evidence of my mobility issues from the hospital, which had been sent to me after I'd sent the pip claim off.   She accepted that one.  She took copies, and. I had to sign a form that she had received  it during the assessment.  It was used as evidence, as the DM stated that fact on my award letter.
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: bub1 on 01 Jan 2018 05:53PM
If they donít read it I will want to know why as their website states take additional information with you.
My son is taking me and coming in with me to as I cannot get on and off chairs on my own
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: bub1 on 09 Jan 2018 04:24PM
I have an appointment with the nurse at my doctors that deals with my COPD on the 22nd January shall I get proof to take with me that I have had this appointment?
Thanks.
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: Fiz on 09 Jan 2018 04:53PM
I'm not sure having an appointment is that helpful as evidence. While you are there can you say to the nurse you have a DWP assessment imminently and please could they write evidence of your current condition and the difficulties your COPD gives you? That would be helpful if they would as that's very recent and up to date evidence.
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: bub1 on 10 Jan 2018 03:47PM
This appointment is my 3 monthly check.
Also they said they would also let me know at this appointment about pulmonary rehabilitation that they want me to attend and about having oxygen of a night as my breathing is really bad then
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: Fiz on 10 Jan 2018 05:40PM
Definitely worth getting the medic to evidence those aims in writing
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: bub1 on 23 Jan 2018 03:12PM
Chest nurse cancelled appointment as she had not booked a long enough one to do all the tests so will be seeing drs on Thursday morning about hospital chest clinic.
Then afternoon at 2.43 esa assessment. My son is taking me and coming in with me as I cannot get on and off chairs on my own plus I cannot travel on public transport.
And on top of everything else I have the flu. So Thursday should be fun.

Any tips anyone want to give me for when I go in?
I canít remember much about my last one 2 years ago.
Also how long roughly when I will hear I know you canít be spot on but a rough time frame would help.
My next lot of ESA money is due 2nd February ( I am at present in the support group).
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: Fiz on 23 Jan 2018 04:33PM
I am sure you could postpone your assessment if you have the flu as you wouldn't be able to get there? I have only had flu twice in my life but on both occasions my temperature was sky high despite paracetamol and I needed someone to give me physical support to get from my bed to the loo, I'd never have got downstairs until I was getting over it and then it was a couple of weeks before I could attempt to leave the house, I'd never have managed public transport. If someone contacts your GP they should do a home visit and provide a sick note as evidence of the flu or they might leave a sick note at reception to be collected when they hear your symptoms and someone can phone and rearrange your assessment appointment. I really wouldn't attempt to travel with the flu, your temperature and weakness would be too much plus you may pass on the flu virus to people with a weakened immune system who have been either unable to have the flu jab or your strain of flu might not be covered in this year's strain.

You take care, rest in bed and keep the fluids up while your appetite is low. I hope you feel better soon.
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: bub1 on 23 Jan 2018 04:56PM
Thankyou. I am hoping to be better by Thursday. I need to get to drs as the tablets I have can only be given once a month plus he may give me some morphine medication to as pain is not good.
My son would have to take me anyway so that is not a problem and I have had the flu jab but unfortunately hasnít been any help this year.
I do not intend to hang around if my appointment is running late I donít mind 10 mins anything more then they can reschedule.
At that time of day to my pain is normally at a peak as it is in the morning because my pain killers will be due at 4.
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: neurochick on 23 Jan 2018 06:20PM
You might want to re-consider your plan to leave if your appointment runs more than 10 minutes late.  I suspect you would find that will not be looked on very favourably by the company doing the assessments for the DWP.  Its possible that if you decide not to wait, they will deem that you to have chosen not to attend the assessment appointment.

I know that its very hard to wait when you have pain etc which makes sitting for any longer than necessary very difficult and that the appointments should be on time.  However, I think you need to be very careful because if you decide not to wait to attend a late-running appointment and they take the view that you chose not to attend the appointment, this could have serious consequences for your claim. It might not be worth the risk for the sake of 10 minutes.
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: bub1 on 23 Jan 2018 07:40PM
What happens then if because of waiting along time my pain gets unbearable can I put in a complaint afterwards. Because of my pain I go straight in at the drs and never have to wait ( I am one of the lucky ones)
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: Monic1511 on 23 Jan 2018 09:43PM
yes you can put in a complaint if they are running very late but don't leave the building until you are told that they are not able to see you, one person I know was having a panic attack in the waiting area so told the security guard they were going to wait in the stairwell, they were then removed from the building for creating a disturbance in the stairwell, ESA was then refused as they had "failed to attend the WCA".  That had to go to appeal & they will now need to attend another WCA.
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: neurochick on 24 Jan 2018 01:09AM
Unfortunately, at the assessment centre you simply won't be afforded the sort of arrangement you have at your GP's surgery. For the ESA assessments, you pretty much have to sit there and just wait for as long as it takes to be seen regardless of how much pain that causes you. Of course, you should tell the assessor when you eventually go in what the effect of having to sit for the duration of the delay has been on you as that is relevant to your claim. 

As Monic says, its only if/when they turn round and tell you that they will not be able to see you that you can leave without the risk of being deemed not to have attended the appointment.  If you try to tell them that you need to leave because you are unable to wait for the duration of any delay, you are likely to end up in real difficulty with continuing your claim.  That will especially be the case in the event of a very minor delay like 10 or 20 minutes. I know that is a long time to you but in the world of these appointments, its nothing at all so it wouldn't be considered reasonable for you to ask to leave after such a short delay.     
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: Fiz on 24 Jan 2018 06:18AM
I totally agree with neurochick, I think leaving so soon after an appointment time would lose you a claim. Bub, I would take top up pain medication with you so you can take something while waiting if the pain becomes severe. You're unlikely to go in on time if you're not the first appointment of the day but I hope any delay is minimal for you. The appointment itself can take anything between 30 and 60 minutes so you've also got a variable there too. Try hard to stay and get through this one with whatever extra pain medication you need and maybe apply for a home assessment next time. If your doctor gives you special arrangements to prevent you waiting then they can write that as evidence you need a home assessment but that's too late for this one. I think most people with severe pain have top up medication? I have Oramorph for mine though I sometimes choose to take tramadol as I find it works faster. My daughter has suggested I ask for a fentanyl nasal spray because I'm terrified of being out and in too much pain to get home, not having transport.
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: bub1 on 24 Jan 2018 10:35AM
Thankyou i will hang on in there I will take top up medication even though it will probably look like I am a drug addict with it all ( no offence to anyone).
I am hoping that I have a nice lady like my last one and I wasnít in there long.
That was after they had cancelled 2  assessments even one on the day.
I will keep you updated
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: Fiz on 24 Jan 2018 02:09PM
Well done bub  >thumbsup<

I had a really nice nurse last time and the award was what I feel is correct so there are good assessors out there. It's just, they don't make the headlines. Obviously it's still natural to be nervous and anxious. I think everyone would be.
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: bub1 on 24 Jan 2018 02:43PM
I know.
I have covered every eventuality even printing off Appeal Form ready just in case.
Thing is my illnesses wonít get better and are deteriorating all the time.
What employer would employ me when I phone in every day and say I canít work plus are they going to help me on and off chairs every 10 -15 mins and come to the disabled toilet with me because I do not have strength in my hands to pull myself up plus I need help getting in and out if a car.
Sorry to go on. ☺️ These are just some of the things I canít do.
There is someone at home with me all the time.
I will also be putting in for PIP.
Thankyou
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: bub1 on 26 Jan 2018 08:35AM
Had assessment yesterday 25th.
Waited half hour before being seen.
Was only with assessor for half hour I know I was as my son was with me and he timed it.
Plus if I go to appeal I have a witness just a waiting game now.

Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: Fiz on 26 Jan 2018 08:38AM
Well done bub   >x-fingers<
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 26 Jan 2018 09:23AM
Here's hoping you get a fair result, Bub... keep us posted!
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: bub1 on 26 Jan 2018 09:58AM
Will do. She was really nasty so donít hold out much hope.
Itís the waiting I canít cope with itís the not knowing. Especially as I know itís their opinion that decides yes or no and not DWP. So really in an ideal world they could tell you there and then.
Will keep you updated
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: Fiz on 26 Jan 2018 12:19PM
They can't tell you there and then because it's not the assessor's decision, it's the DWP who get sent the report. I'm sorry you feel the assessor was nasty, that's really unpleasant. There's no need for any assessor to be so. It's possible though that last night they had a row with their partner and they broke up and they're really distressed so try if possible not to conclude that means they're going to make a certain judgement. Don't forget you can request a copy of the assessor's report.
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: bub1 on 26 Jan 2018 02:36PM
To be honest fiz I think that is just how she is.
To the point where we thought she was the woman out of James Bond the little one that has the spikes coming out of her shoes 😂
I got through it. We are laughing about how she was now but at the time we didnít think it was nice.
I hope I donít have to wait to long.
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: SteveX on 26 Jan 2018 02:43PM
That sounds awful bub1 :(
fingers crossed for you!
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: Sunny Clouds on 26 Jan 2018 03:12PM
Well done for surviving the assessment.
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: bub1 on 26 Jan 2018 03:42PM
Thankyou.
I am quite upbeat about it today and know what to do if I fail.
I did tell her yesterday about waiting for physio date I now have received that today. I start physio on the 6 th February. This is to try and help me until I get new day surgery date.
Thankyou everyone for your help and support
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: auntieCtheM on 26 Jan 2018 08:55PM
So now you have had a chance to think about it bub, what exactly happened that she was so nasty about?
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: Monic1511 on 26 Jan 2018 09:08PM
That's one bit out the way, the assessor will write up her report and send it to DWP, it'll be passed to a decision maker who will look at your ESA50, the WCA and any medical evidence they have.  If they are going to stop your money the decision maker will phone you to explain that and is there anything you want to say.   That's the bit you're waiting on so good luck and keep sending in sick lines until you're told not to.  >x-fingers<
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: bub1 on 26 Jan 2018 09:26PM
It was just the whole attitude like why donít you work or go to college why donít you go shopping plus she didnít even look at me.
Just typed away.
On going in to the room she said I am dr so and so I will be doing assessment for dwp and when they have my report they will contact your dr for more information
It is had to explain someone attitude but atmosphere wasnít very jice
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: SteveX on 26 Jan 2018 09:55PM
That sounds awful.  :(
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: bub1 on 27 Jan 2018 09:06AM
Probably not as bad as I think.
Maybe just me being me.
But I got through it.
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: bub1 on 01 Feb 2018 04:49PM
Being in a bit of a mess with all this waiting for result of assessment. I know it is a week today that I had it.
I telephoned DWP really just to see when I would hear not for the results.
Was told no decision yet but will get letter when it has been. Thatís fine.
Said could be another week or so
Then got asked if I was in the support group I said yes then he turned round and said itís very unlikely that that will change. He also said until decision is made you will continue to get esa benefit.
I said Thankyou as all I wanted to know was had a decision been reached.

I am not taking anything he has said as gospel. I also know they can move you from support group to wrag.
I am glad I telephoned though as that has settled me a bit.
 
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 01 Feb 2018 05:19PM
 >thumbsup< now let's just hope that you're allowed to continue as you are, ie in the Support Group  >x-fingers<
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: bub1 on 01 Feb 2018 05:25PM
It was the not knowing whether a decision had been reached.
I can cope what ever it is as have plans in place.
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: bub1 on 09 Feb 2018 03:06PM
No news as yet for me.
Hate the waiting.
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: Sunny Clouds on 09 Feb 2018 03:08PM
 >bighugs<
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: SteveX on 09 Feb 2018 04:25PM
>bighugs<
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: bub1 on 09 Feb 2018 05:11PM
Thankyou I am one of these people that hate waiting around and want to know outcomes ASAP.
Impatient Annie thatís me😂
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: SteveX on 09 Feb 2018 08:13PM
Thankyou I am one of these people that hate waiting around and want to know outcomes ASAP.
Impatient Annie thatís me😂

Well I hope you find out soon and fingers very crossed for a good result!   >x-fingers<
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: SteveX on 13 Feb 2018 01:35PM
bub1, any news yet?
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: bub1 on 13 Feb 2018 05:20PM
No news as yet.
Had gp appointment today and told him all about it.
He said would do me letter if needed for appeal.
Found out to day results of my ECG etc I have some fluid going from my heart to my lungs which isnít helping my COPD which confirmed today has got worse. I have to have more tests next week and a heart scan so there is no way I will be fit for work if thatís what they decide.
But as of today no news. Next lot of money is due Friday.
How are you stevex ?
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: Fiz on 13 Feb 2018 05:30PM
(((Bub))) the waiting is awful, although I have no doubt you'd win a tribunal. But obviously you can do without that hassle.
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: bub1 on 13 Feb 2018 05:44PM
I know gp says stress isnít helping. I did telephone DWP and they said they only received report on the 8th February so where that has been I donít know and said it could be another 2/3 weeks.
So the waiting continues.
I have another gp appointment on the 6 th March to give him an update and for us to discuss results of tests next week and heart scan results.
So all fun and games.
But I stay positive as there are people a lot worse off than me.
Itís times like these where I miss not having family as there is just me and my son.
So grateful that I found this site with all you lovely people.
Thankyou for your support
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: SteveX on 13 Feb 2018 08:14PM
Yeah, the stress is really bad and makes your existing problems even worse.
it's good that your gp will do you a letter, mine wrote one for me at my last tribunal and the tribunal commented on it, I believe it helped a lot, so should you have to go that way (hopefully not!) it will help lots.

Hope you get the result soon and a good one!
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: bub1 on 13 Feb 2018 08:44PM
Thankyou everyone
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: Sunny Clouds on 13 Feb 2018 08:54PM
Still thinking of you.

 >bighugs<
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: bub1 on 13 Feb 2018 09:28PM
Thankyou
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: bub1 on 14 Feb 2018 03:56PM
No letter today in the post.
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: Sunny Clouds on 14 Feb 2018 04:06PM
Don't worry - DWP letters usually arrive within six months or so of the date on the letter, or when they promised to send it, whichever is later!

So you'd better have some hugs while you're waiting...

 >bighugs< >chocolate< >bighugs< >chocolate< >bighugs<
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: bub1 on 14 Feb 2018 04:42PM
Thankyou much appreciated.
The first assessment I had in 2015 they stopped my money before I received letter but they had to reinstate it as the HCP had not put down that I was due for operation 2 weeks after assessment. Only when I checked bank had I found they had stopped money, so Friday I will see. (had another assessment in December 2015 put in support group had assessment on the 3rd and letter was dated the 9th).
I hate the waiting 3 weeks tomorrow since assessment.
I think because they are calling virtually everyone in for assessment there is a backlog.
I think there should be a time limit that they have to let you know by.
Waiting continue
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: Sunny Clouds on 14 Feb 2018 05:39PM
What gets me is the fact that they send letters slowly but then you've got deadlines for applying for reviews and then appeals, and I bet a lot of people don't take on board that they can ask for extra time, because that's in the small-print, as it were.

I know how much it upsets me waiting, so when I know others are waiting, I feel for them.
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: bub1 on 14 Feb 2018 05:57PM
I have noticed that to. 
Seems as everything is always in their favour timewise.
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: SteveX on 14 Feb 2018 07:31PM
>bighugs<
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: bub1 on 15 Feb 2018 03:20PM
No letter today
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: Sunny Clouds on 15 Feb 2018 03:36PM
I tried to think of something to say to cheer you up, but I'm not sure what would help most, so take your pick from:-

* Cheer up, it'll all come out well in the end;
* If they keep delaying it,  you won't get it before a different benefit is brought in, so you can apply for that one instead;
* If you're not getting it, it means you're not really disabled, it's just a figment of your imagination (and that of your doctor, your friends, your neighbours, the  people you chat with online...it's terrible the level of widespread delusion these days);
* It's a kindness to your postman to have carried one less letter today;
* It's a kindness to Ouchers so we can have an excuse to be nice to you;
* It won't be long before you get it and then I'll stop saying naff things to you.

 >bighugs<

Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: bub1 on 15 Feb 2018 03:56PM
They are all brilliant Thankyou.
Just frustrated with waiting probably not the only one waiting.
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: Sunny Clouds on 15 Feb 2018 04:05PM
I just think the waiting thing is horrible.  If a retailer did things that way, they'd have no customers.  Certain politicians then use that as an argument for privatising, but since we have no choice which private company to use, it's not much use.  Ooh, there's a thought.  What if you could apply for Atos Superbenefit, Capita Wonderbenefit, or Maximus Megabenefit?  You could read the online reviews to see which say the nicest or nastiest things about claimants, which deliver the benefit fastest, which deal with 'returns' (i.e. appeals) fastest and most reliably etc.

Second thoughts, that wouldn't work, because I've yet to find any online review system that did minus stars.  And they only go up to five stars.  How would you give them minus ten stars?

Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: bub1 on 15 Feb 2018 05:07PM
UPDATE
At about 4.15 I had text message from DWP saying my ESA will continue. Nothing about what group or anything so I have just got off the phone to them. I spoke to a really nice lady who checked a decision was reached yesterday and I AM Still in the SUPPORT GROUP- result.
I then asked her if it stated how long for and she said 18 months.
She is sending me a copy of hcp report and a letter confirming decision with it.
I canít tell how relieved I am.
I am in 😭
Thankyou all so much.
PIP here I come I will send hcp report with form to.
Thankyou again for all of your support.
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 15 Feb 2018 05:14PM
 >magic< >thumbsup< >whatarelief<
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: bub1 on 15 Feb 2018 05:23PM
Waiting over now.
Now PIP time.
I presume you can claim both together and it wonít trigger another ESAAssessment?
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: SteveX on 15 Feb 2018 08:12PM
Wonderful news!   >hugs<
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: bub1 on 15 Feb 2018 08:17PM
Thankyou.
We have both had good news on this front.
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: Monic1511 on 15 Feb 2018 08:27PM
I presume you can claim both together and it wonít trigger another ESA Assessment?
Yes you can claim both - the criteria is different but the DWP can use the ESA medical for the PIP decision if they decide not to call the person for an assessment.

Glad you got the award you wanted
 >hugs<
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: bub1 on 15 Feb 2018 08:40PM
Thankyou I am thinking of sending assessors report with pip form together with other evidence given to assessor.
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: Monic1511 on 15 Feb 2018 09:15PM
Don't bother sending the report, the dwp assessor will have access to the original and they routinely use it.
If you give them too much info your form is likely to be put to the bottom of the pile because its going to take longer to read through.
I know you want to be complete but it could go against you by going, in their view, overboard.  >dove<
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: bub1 on 16 Feb 2018 09:14AM
What shall I send with it then the paperwork I sent to esa assessment
I didnít know they could access esa assessment results
Thankyou
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: Fiz on 16 Feb 2018 02:40PM
Excellent news. I'm so pleased you got the result you needed.

My last ESA face to face was in 2010 which was cut short after a few minutes because the first piece of evidence the doctor looked at was a psych letter outlining a recent potentially fatal overdose, she told me she would be recommending I be placed in the support group. In 2012 I completed the new ESA form they sent me and sent it off with evidence and was told that I needn't have a face to face and I would remain in the support group. I've heard nothing since and it's almost 6 years later. Is that strange? Have they forgotten about me? My DLA to PIP transfer happened with a face to face a year or so back so they'd have that evidence. I have no idea how long my PIP award was for, I live in such a muddle.

I'm being sent forms to complete to apply for further DHP to cover my under occupancy reduction in housing benefit. I'm already dreading completing that and waiting for an answer although my current award doesn't end until the end of March so I've got some time to complete them.

All these forms. So much stress. I'm hoping that they'll grant me another 6 month term of DHP by which time I will have finished paying for my prepayment funeral plan and ought to be able then to pay for the under occupancy reduction in housing benefit myself. Though it will be double what it is now because dd will have just finished Uni and will have a job somewhere permanently and unless the job is local to here, then this will no longer be her home base. I wouldn't even be able to let her room, it's full of all her stuff!
Title: Re: Had letter to say they have postponed my assessment appointment
Post by: Monic1511 on 16 Feb 2018 07:55PM
Hi Bub1

If you are sending anything with the PIP form it would be medical reports dated within the last year.  They don't want appointment letters but would look at care reports if they were from an occupational therapist type person, someone saying home carers come in x times a day - not the sort of thing folk have at home.  The main thing is they want to know how you are now so older evidence would be ignored as not recent enough.

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