First time poster here, however I've often came onto the forum for a read
My issue is ( as I'm sure you all can clearly see by my title ) is the dreaded ESA face to face assessment
I'm currently in the support group and have been for a few years,
I also had a 3 year PIP award, higher rate for both
So last Aug I had to reapply for my PIP and was given an "ongoing" award , again with higher rate in both components and the letter saying we won't contact you until after 2026 ( I'm aware goal posts can be moved at any point ) I didn't even have to have an assessment
So when my ESA renewal form came in on Jan I figured it would be as straightforward as dealing with DWP could possibly be
So again someone from welfare rights completed the form for me, we enclosed the exact same medical information and reports as the PIP form, and fast forward a few months and bang, letter hits the doormat with a deafening thud!!!
I've to go for a face to face assessment!
Wtf!! , I know they say oh the 2 benefits aren't connected, but come on, I live in the real world! Every question is practically the same and if they've just awarded you an ongoing award on higher rate for both components for PIP, then why in Gods name do they need me in for an assessment for ESA
My anxiety and stress levels have just went into Orbit, I've spoken with welfare rights and they say this happens a lot
But I'm like Mr Spock, if something isn't logical then I struggle to process and deal with it
Has anyone else been in the same situation as me? And if so, how did the ESA assessment go?
I can't believe for a min that some honest guy or gal doing their job could look at my form and reports and say hmmm this guy is borderline , he needs assessed face to face , even though we've just gave him an award for 10 years atleast on PIP
I've hardly slept or been able to function since this letter arrived 2 days ago
I just fear the worst..
Sorry for the rant!