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Hello, My son has been told by the DWP that he no longer needs to send in a fit/sick note.  He went to a tribunal & won so he is now back on ESA in the work related activity group.  When he phoned the DWP they told him that it was in the letter he received regarding the win at the tribunal but there is no mention that he does not have to send in a note.  He asked the DWP if they would send written proof that he no longer needs to send in a note but they said no.  Does he still have to send in these notes?

 

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    HI,

    The DWP are correct, once you've been placed into a group you no longer need to send in those fit notes. He will still need to attend all appointments because of being placed in the WRAG, if he doesn't then he'll be sanctioned. Well done on the Tribunal decision.

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      Thank you for your reply Denise.  My son has been to see the doctor this morning & has been given a note for two months.  I may as well post it off to the DWP, they can always send it back.

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      You're welcome but i don't understand why you would want to send that fit note now because he's been put into a group. The fit note won't excuse him from the appointments he'll have to attend because that's what the WRAG is. They realise you have a limited capability for work but you must attend all appointments to work towards going to work at some point in the future.

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      I was thinking if I did not send it then the DWP might stop his payment.  (They will use any excuse).  My son goes to the appointments he is asked to attend & is hoping to go to work at some point in the future.

      We received a copy of the assessor's report & were able to see where the decision maker had made changes to the report in my son's favour.  Made very interesting reading. eek

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      As you say he's been told by DWP that no more fit notes are needed then none are needed and they wouldn't stop his money. You can relax now till the next review, at least.

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