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Hello everyone,


So glad I found this forum, I hope I get some help.


I received a letter on Friday telling me my ESA payments are going to stop as I am physically able to work, after I had a medical assessment, but I have been suffering with social anxiety and depression for over a year now and have only been on ESA since early this year, when my doctor deemed me unfit for work. I'm in pieces over this, as I care for my mother but the benefits won't recognise me as a registered carer as I apparantly do not do enough to warrant that recognition. I am going to get an appeal form today, and have an appointment with my doctor on Thursday, but does anyone know what I can do? Me and my mum are on such a low income anyway, but this has just topped it all.


I'm be grateful for any help at all, i am absolutely desperate.

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You should be able to claim the basic rate of ESA whilst you appeal.


Why don't they recognise you as a carer?


They may be cross referencing. If you are saying you are unfit for work but are capable of performing caring duties for your mum it may raise a few questions.


What sort of work do they think you can do?

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When you complete the GL24 If you think our decision is wrong form, try to include as much supporting evidence as you can as to why you think the decision is wrong. The more supporting evidence you have for an reconsideration/appeal the better chance of the appeal being successful.


Once the GL24 is received by the BDC, your claim will go back into payment provided that you continue to send sick notes or are covered by a valid sick note.


Many GP's are misreading the letter sent to them with the outcome of the WCA stating you have been found fit to so some form of work as they miss the paragraph which tells them that they still need to provide sick notes if the claimant is appealing against the decision.


The WCA is not used to say how ill a claimant is, that is beyond doubt as sick notes are sent regularly, but to find out if here is any form of work that the claimant is capable of doing. Unfortunately there are many cases where a claimant has failed the WCA yet it is obviuous that they are incapable of doing any form of work.

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