Am new to this site and have been reading lots of posts to see if anyone in same position as me. Have made a new claim (meaning I've not transferred from any other benefit) for ESA and after reading so many horror stories about how difficult ATOS make it for claimants I was expecting a horrible intrusive medical and then to be refused ESA. But, to my amazement I've rec'd a letter from JobCentre saying a recent change to my claim is being made because 'a decision on your capability for work. You have been placed in the Support Group. You meet the eligibility criteria for Support Group. This means you are not required to part in any any work related activity .....' I was so disbelieving of this letter that I immediately called the JC for confirmation and was told that although most people do have to go for medicals
some people don't if the information on the form is enough and that they also took into account a letter from my pyschiatric doctor when making the decision (based on my severe mental health issues). But ....... I still can't believe I've been so lucky and not had to go through the distress of a medical and having someone judge me and am expecting them to retract their decision and say they've made a mistake. I was told that a note has been placed on my claim to have a look at it again in 12 months. I'm on CB ESA. Has anyone else been in the same situation and does that mean I DEFINITELY won't need to go for a medical for at least 12 months or can I be called at any time in the future to be re-assessed at their whim? Do they every make mistakes and retract their decisions? If I stay on CB ESA support group, will they contact me regularly to see what I'm doing or will they just leave me alone? Their letter didn't even inform me that I no longer need to send any more sick-notes to them, I discovered this by reading online information.
I'm sure you understand how very very relieved I am, but still scared I'll get dragged into the ATOS offices for a medical.
Sorry, I know I'm rambling. Please don't suggest I call them for further information. I'm too scared to ring the JC and ask too many questions in case they see they've made a mistake - which my endless questions may bring to their attention. Any feedback would be appreciated. Thank you.