ESA medical cancelled

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Hi, I had a letter to attend a ftf medical for my ESA, then got a letter telling me they had cancelled it. I called to ask why, and tbh the guy I spoke to was really unhelpful, however I called again today and the lady ( who was very nice) advised me that with the proof, and docs report I sent in, they were happy to keep me in the support group, and I wont be contacted til 2020. Great news as these things as you all know cause no end of stress for weeks beforehand! What I would like advice on is what I should do about PIP, I saw them last year, and was awarded standard rate for blth personal & mobility, ( I didnt agree with the mobility part, as I was just short of points needed, and the person who done the exam said I could walk further than I can, but I was scared to appeal, BUT I am now really struggling as my condition is even worse now, and I feel I need help with the mobility side of things, I did an online assessment & it states I do qualify for the higher rate mobility, but is it worth applying ( or is it too soon after last year?) If ESA ( I know they are different benefits) accept I am in need of the support group, and know that my illness wont get better ( I wish!) but can only get worse, surely the same evidense would be proof to the PIP, any advice would be gratefully received. TYIA

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    Hi,

    First of all about your ESA was it the decision maker DWP that decided to keep you in the Support Group or the assessors?

    Now your PIP, it's entirely your choice whether to report these changes but remember if you do then they'll send you another PIP2 form like the one you fill out first time. They'll look at the whole thing again and you'll more than likely need to attend another f2f. You can send in the same evidence you sent in for ESA but they won't compare anything because they're not linked. How long till your review? Reviews are done 1 year before the award is due to end. If it's soon then i would wait but that's me. I personally wouldn't risk losing what i already have. It has been know for people to report changes but have lost their award so it's risky. It's your choice of course.

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      Thanks for that, yes it was the DWP who made the descision to keep me in it till 2020. my PIP has been awarded till 2021 on standard rate for both componants so they will both be up around the same time... The thing is that I will be 64 at that time, and dont know what replaces PIP after that, as my state pension doesnt kick in till I am 66, and have been told I cannot apply for the higher rate mobility after 64? I dont know what to think, or if this is true? Its all too 'cloak & dagger' and hard to find out information. I have never been in this position before, so its like a maze sad

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      Those over 64 can't get the mobility part no. You would still continue to be reviewed for PIP but just not the mobility part. Like i said being in Support Group would have no impact on you getting Enhanced mobility. You would have to prove with a lot of evidence that you fit the criteria which is difficult. It's entirely your choice but remember your award could either remain the same, have it increased or even lose everything completely.

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      This is what I do not understand, that it could be taken away? remain the same I can understand, but if you have been on it for 3 years, and your condition can only get worse ( which it has, and is obvious) Plus being in support group for ESA ( proving I cannot work) how can they then take it away? Doesnt seem right, sad

       

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      There's many people out there that their condition won't change, myself included BUT this doesn't mean that ESA or PIP is for life. People will continue to be reassessed no matter what their condition is. My condition will only get worse, sadly but i'm another one of those that will have to be reassessed for both. Anything can happen and that includes then having PIP taken away. That max amount of time PIP is awarded for is 10 years with reassessment after 9 years. Sad yes but very true.

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