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Got a decision today to say I had been placed in the esa support group does this mean I have received a certain amount of points ?

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    No it doesn't. To qualify for the support group isn't based on points, the points is for the WRAG. Being placed in the support group means you've qualified under one of the descriptors.

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      Have you asked for a copy of the assessment report? It would be good to know the reason why you've been placed in the support group because it could help you with your PIP appeal, i'm not saying it will for sure BUT it depends on the reason. If you do get a copy of the report please come back and let me know what that reason is and i'll tell you if this helps with your PIP.

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      Somewhere in the assessment report that you recieve they'll be advice on what the HCP has adviced the decision maker. As you've been put into the support group NO points would have been awarded because you would have got into that group by fitting into one of those descriptors. So the advice would be something like this I advice the MR X has a limited capability for work related activity because of the following reason.... then it will state the reason why. It's this reason i'd like you to tell me because depending on the reason it is, it may help you with your PIP appeal. I'm sorry if you don't understand this but there's no other way of trying to explain it to you.

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      Yes I understand , I have had a look at the descriptors for support group and I feel that I fit into more than one of those descriptors . When I had my face to face assessment the doctor who did the  assessment cut the assessment short she told me I have enough to go on here and that's all we need to concentrate on she said she had enough evidence to write me a very strong report . But I feel that she should have taken more time and also looked into my other ailments that I have . I did point them out to her so I will see what the report says when I receive it .

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      Well they can and have cut assessments short in the past, infact they did it with me on my very first ESA assessment 5 years ago. You only need to fit into 1 of those Support Group descriptors so if they see that you do then they'll most like stop the assessment. During my review last year i had a paper based decision which was good! I have another eview coming up soon but i'm hoping they'll forget for a while lol ...i can only hope ...

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      Yes but I did not want her to cut it short I wanted her to emphasise all my ailments on the report saying all the conditions I have what medication I'm taking etc.  and how it affects my daily life because if all this has been written down then it will show how much my other recent pip assessment nurse had lied on the report she did . It will contradict the pip assessment report and give me a stronger case when I appeal it . 

      Just an example my pip report stated that I could walk without any impairment and I received no pain medication , but if the esa report which was done by a doctor states I had difficulty walking and I am prescribed strong pain medication then the pip assessment report which did not state this because of the lies  then its going to be open to scrutiny one report saying one thing and the other saying another . 

      The pip report was done by a nurse and the esa report done by a doctor .If I was a judge I know who I would believe . 

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      The ESA assessment report can only be used for PIP evidence in certain circumstances. PIP and ESA are 2 completely different benefits and people claim PIP and work. They also have different criteria. Anyway just wait until you've got the report and see what it says as i stated before.

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