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  1. Sorry all, forgot to update this Friday when I'd plucked up the courage to ring them. Apparently it was just a roundabout way of informing me when I'll be re-assessed. Phew!
  2. Hi All, Had the great news that my MR was successful in overturning my PIP assessment and had my backpay paid this week. The MR gave me 20+ points and said it would apply until 2022. However, we've now received a 2nd one saying they can't award PIP from 2022 onwards, but all the points are the same as the other MR. Presumably this is just saying I'll need to be re-assessed around that time? God, it's such a headache!
  3. Hi, I'm currently waiting to be assessed by Maximus - I've sent my ESA50 back and am waiting for them to decide if I can have a home assessment. I've been sent a P60U today - is this normal? It shows how much I've received in ESA, but nothing under "taxable income" - presumably because I'm on Income Related ESA? Just wondering why I've been sent this. Is it normal?
  4. So I'm right about the 5 week thing not affecting me? Sorry, I have pretty bad anxiety. I've no idea why PIP is 4 weekly, some are fortnightly and some are monthly. I like my ESA being paid fornightly, as I've got used to it that way, so I'm dreading moving to UC.
  5. Thanks. So, as I thought, this won't affect those of us not working? https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/universal-credit-different-earning-patterns-and-your-payments/universal-credit-different-earning-patterns-and-your-payments-payment-cycles I'm glad to know it's not 4 weekly but is actually monthly. I always get confused with the dates for PIP because it changes every month!
  6. I've read in a few places that people who are paid weekly will earn slightly too much in a 5week month and thus end their UC claim, even though their circumstances haven't changed. This is for those in work. I presume this doesn't affect those in the support group of ESA who don't do any work when they're eventually moved over to UC? I.e. I will get a payment every 4 weeks regardless of how many weeks are in a month, which is the same way PIP is paid currently.
  7. So I'm right in thinking I'll stay on ESA? As my circumstances won't have changed?
  8. Hi, the area I live in is due to go from live-service to full-service UC in April of next year, which is roughly when I'm due for reassessment of ESA. I'm in the Support Group right now. Am I right in thinking I will stay on ESA if I pass the WCA with the right points, and won't move onto Universal Credit? Thanks
  9. Hi, I was in WRAG for a year between Dec 2015 and Dec 2016, when I was moved into the Support Group. I had my ESA50 for that in August 2016 and the assessment in October of the same year. When I rang the DWP to ask about my award period, she first looked and said it ended in April 2017 but then corrected herself and said it was an 18 month award. Question is - when does my 18 month period go from? When I got the ESA50, or when I got my assessment result in December? Will I get sent an ESA50 automatically as I was last year?
  10. Hi, I'm disabled and live with my parents. I claim IR-ESA and PIP, my mum gets Carer's allowance for looking after me my dad is approaching retirement age - he's on contributions based ESA, and receives a private pension from the job he was medically retired from. My question is - when I eventually get moved over to Universal Credit, will my ESA amount be affected by my dad's income? I don't think it should be, as it currently isn't I'm under the impression your parents' income has no effect on your entitlement. Hope someone with better knowledge can help me out!
  11. Firstly, get evidence of all the conversations and record any meetings with Ingeus. Then, see a solicitor (there should be some who will offer you a 30 minute consultation for free) because Ingeus have definitely breached the Data Protection Act here and you could very easily bring a case about them. At the very least, the woman who is your ex-husband's girlfriend's cousin should absolutely lose her job over this. And if it's true she's been laughing about the type of people who have to go to Ingeus and with your mental health history being leaked, I'd go to the bloody press about it. People need to see what these companies are like and their shocking lack of security needs to be exposed.
  12. Ingeus have said they'll pay for the taxi fare. Can't help but think I'll get there and they won't pay for me to get home. I'm taking my dad with me anyway as he helps to look after me. My dad has typed up a letter asking that in future they notify us of their first aid qualifications, proof they can provide a private area and who exactly will be qualified on the day I am there and what their experience in epilepsy is. Doctor has read it and thinks it's excellent. Question is - what will Ingeus do? I don't want to be sanctioned purely because I want to feel safe if I'm being made to go somewhere foreign to me.
  13. Well, they did put it in writing but it was very vague. Just sort of: Dear XXXXX, As you requested, we have reviewed your ESA claim and feel it was correct to place you in the Work-Related Activity Group. Any extra medical evidence you sent has been kept on file or destroyed, as we are unable to return it due to the Data Protection Act. If you wish to take this decision to a tribunal... and then all the details of that. Basically, they didn't say why they couldn't put me in the support group (despite my GP going through the list and saying I should 'easily' qualify for it) and I couldn't deal with the stress of a tribunal. I'm putting a claim in for PIP next week and have amassed about 50 pages of stuff and several different health professionals have said I should qualify for at least the standard component on both sections. (Main ones being unable to complete tasks reliably, needing someone with me any time I leave the house, incontinence any time I have a seizure, which is frequent etc.) I just dislike all the form filling and box ticking that getting a tiny amount of money requires.
  14. Bazooka, I asked for a mandatory reconsideration and was told that I did not meet the criteria for the support group. I didn't go to appeal because I knew I would not be able to see my Neurologist before the tribunal (he's the top one in the country) and felt it was best to just try to get my epilepsy under control. 12 months later and it is worse than ever. I'm hoping that with the rafts of medical evidence I have provided Maximus, they will see that I am now severe enough to be in the support group. Maximus, I must admit, have been excellent with me. I forgot to send some of the evidence (some of it came after I sent the ESA50 back) and they gave me an e-mail address to send anything further to. It's just Ingeus who are being pains.
  15. Back story: I have severe anxiety (I haven't left the house for 6 weeks at this point), depression, epilepsy and a few other conditions which aren't under control. I've been claiming ESA for just over a year and was placed into WRAG and referred to Ingeus at that time. I attended the first few meetings (which were tough for me) but they then closed the local office down meaning to get to appointments it is a 2 hour trip involving several buses. For someone with severe anxiety and epilepsy which isn't controlled, this simply isn't possible. I have attended one meeting at this location and as a result, the day after I had a severe seizure and a large panic attack. Leading up to the meeting, I'd had several panic attacks. They have since allowed me to have two telephone appointments, but have also referred me to a "work coach". My GP has said I am not fit for work. My neurologist has detailed my problems and the fact I become incontinent during the seizures (which can happen at any time, I have several each week) which has only added to my anxiety. I am also suffering from memory loss, meaning I can often not remember basic things like my phone number or the date, or what somebody said to me last week. This is terrifying for me. Now, Ingeus are forcing me to attend a meeting in a couple of weeks. I rang up and asked if it was possible to do it via telephone, I was told "No, you have to attend." and that the word of my GPs (and letters) didn't matter. I'm awaiting reassessment after filling in an ESA50 in August. I asked if I have to attend, would Ingeus pay for a taxi (about £60 round trip) and they said they would let me know. Why are they allowed to do this? I am already having panic attacks about this and am stressed about my pending reassessment (I sent it off in August and as of two weeks ago, they hadn't got round to reading my ESA50 yet). My GP has suggested I get my mum to write a letter (as I struggle to get my thoughts out properly) asking for Ingeus to prove they can provide a private room in case I have a seizure, evidence of each staff member's medical training to deal with my health issues and if they can provide information regarding their first aid procedures and what Epilepsy experience they have. What do you think? Why do Ingeus think they know better than a doctor and a neurologist who have known me for 25 years?!
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