On ESA after SSP awaiting result of Work Assessment - what happens now ?

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For the first time ever I had to stop working last year due to severe depression and anxiety. I was on SSP and the ESA. I then had an Assesment which I am awaiting the result of.

My ESA has stopped because my sick cert has run out and my GP will not give me one without seeing me because I'm overdue a check up. However I have been unable to get an appointment and despite my partner explaining the situation to the reception staff and leaving two messages for my doctor they refuse to help.

My question is if my Assessment was ' successful' will I be automatically receive some money? Or do I still need sick certificates?

We are really struggling, have no heating and many other mounting bills and I don't know what to do.

Can anyone explain what will happen now re the assessment result?

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    You're going to need to send in fit notes (sick notes) until a decision has been made. If you don't send these in your money will stop. If you're put into one for the 2 groups you won't have to send in anymore fit notes. When was your assessment? It can take up to 8 weeks sometimes more for a decision.

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    You need to continue sending fit notes until a decision has been made. If your GP thinks you're still unfit for work they will backdate it to the date your last one run out. Once you send this to DWP your payments should resume.

    It can take upto 8 weeks for a decision to be made, and I'd be careful because if you have stopped sending sick notes then the DWP may well think that your GP hasn't given you one because you're fit for work

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      Hi I have had three medical for the same problem and failed all three so I would expect a long fight on your hands my friend, I I appealing at the moment which i could wait a few months before I get a day in the mean time I have to sign on and look for work even those I'm not fit for work and I've just been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder and been told to resign from my current full time job as a senior care assistant.

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