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Cagger since : Aug 2011
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ESA Appeal Support Group / WRAG Advice needed
contribution based ESA.
I had been in the Support Group for around two years but was moved to the WRAG following a "medical" a few months back.
Ironically I "passed" the most recent medical. The previous two I "failed" but each time I obtained a reconsideration after submitting doctors letters without having to go to a formal appeal.
This time I queried the decision and was initially told it was automatic but should have been looked at by a decision maker. Meanwhile I had been sent an appointment for a "Work Focused Interview". I was told to contact the local office and ask for this to be postponed pending a decision. This was agreed.
A few weeks later I got a letter saying they were unable to change the decision but I could appeal if I wished.
I send in a detailed appeal with supporting evidence and a letter saying I couldn't see how their decision could be a "reconsideration" as apparently no original decision had been made!
Again, after a couple of weeks, I got a letter saying they would look again at the decision and if it could be changed in my favour the appeal would lapse.
This was five weeks ago and I heard nothing further. I'm still getting the WRAG paid into my account and have not been called to any further meetings.
Would I be best to chase this or let sleeping dogs lie? To be honest I would rather have the slightly lower amount of money than risk stirring things up and have to attend the "work Focused Interviews".
However I am conscious that the new rules mean I can only stay in the WRAG for 1 year (??) so presumably this will come to an end in about 9 months time if I don't get upgraded.
Any advice would be appreciated.