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I am hoping someone here can advise me as I am at my wits end!

 

My husband's aunty left home on 29th November to escape an abusive relationship for which she is receiving counselling.

She came to live with us with a few meagre possessions and no money, bar an ISA.

 

I have absolutely no clue about the benefits system but have helped as best I can.

 

We went to the job centre (chocolate fireguard comes to mind) and they were of very little use.

 

We went to a meeting with a department from the counselling sessions that we were led to believe knew about benefits,

they merely gave her two phone numbers, one of which was wrong!.

 

Then we went to CAB who advised her to apply for ESA and PIP.

Although the adviser admitted they dealt with debt not benefits!

 

To cut a long story short

 

it has taken us till now to even get a form from ESA.

 

It has come and we haven't got a clue how to fill it in for her.

A lot of the questions don't seem to apply to her.

She has now been away from home for over three weeks without a penny.

We are able to support her but she needs to be getting more independent and knowing what her future holds.

 

Can anyone advise on how to fill this form in...

.I would be so grateful!

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Can we just confirm first off that she is under state pension age and has an illness or disability (physical or mental) that limits her ability to work?

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Can I ask what form it is please? There's one which you make your initial claim with. It asks about income, savings, etc. Is that the one?

 

Yes, good point. This form will likely have the code "ESA1" printed on the front cover.

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The key thing to remember about the ESA1 form is that although it looks long, in many cases a lot of the questions it asks will not apply. For example, if she does not work, she can ignore many of the "About Work" questions. Also, although she will need a medical certificate from her GP or other doctor, the ESA1 form doesn't ask for detailed medical information - that comes later with the ESA50 that Honeybee mentioned above.

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