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Transferred from IB to the Support Group. Should I send in more paperwork?

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Hi,

I am currently on IB,IS & DLA (low rate mob/middle rate care).

 

About 2 months ago I was sent an ESA50 form to complete to transfer over from IB & IS to ESA. I get approx £220 IB & £90 IS every fortnight & my monthly DLA.

 

I suffer with mental health probs & am under the care of a Consultant Psychiatrist & C.P.N, I got a relative to contact the DWP to make sure that if my claim was successful, that I would still get the combined rate of IB & IS, which I was assured would be the case & also to say that I would be sending the form back late as I could only do a page or 2 at a time because I get frustrated & lose concentration. They just said to explain it on the form.

 

Anyway my Consultant & C.P.N both wrote a letter to send in with the form saying my health is such that I am unfotunaltely unfit for work & that this isn't likely to change anytime soon.

 

Just as I was finishing the form a fortnight ago I received a call from the DWP telling me that they had looked at the evidence & that I was going into the support group. I asked what evidence as I had not yet posted the form & medical letters. I received a letter a couple of days later saying I would be getting an extra £30 a week.

 

Should I send my completed form & letters in or would that mean a re-assessment?

 

Thanks

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Hello and welcome to CAG.

 

I'll move your post to a thread of your own so you can have specific advice. I would say that going into the support group is good news though. :) I expect the guys will be along for comments for you.

 

My best, HB


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First of all, congratulations. Because they've already decided, I don't see why you'd need to send the form back. However, phone them on Monday and see what they say.

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Thanks for the replies.

 

Just to add: when I got the phone call & pointed out how I hadn't yet sent in my form & medical letters I was told I didn't need to send anything in, but because of the effort me & relatives had gone to in filling in the form I pressed the issue & said could I just send it in to be put on my record. I just wanted them to have an updated situation of my circumstances & more importantly from my Consultant.

 

It wasn't until later that I thought that this could mean a re-assesment. I thought maybe I should just send the medical letters with a covering note, explaining that I had already been accepted for ESA benefit & this was just a medical update.

 

I know that some people on this site & others have been put into terrible financial & health situations because of the incompetence of ATOS so am unsure.

 

Thanks for any advice & good luck with your own application.

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yeah I wouldnt send it in, the decision has been made.

 

congrats.

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