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    No, any reconsideration looks at the whole award.

    No, any reconsideration looks at the whole award.
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    I'm not sure how long they take to process the...

    I'm not sure how long they take to process the form and arrange a face to face these days, but think it's a fair bit more than 2 weeks. Your ESA won't stop until a new decision is made, so having...
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    Try to focus on how you are affected - what you...

    Try to focus on how you are affected - what you find difficult and why rather than just relying on your diagnosis. ESA is all about what you can/can't do and diagnosis alone will not result in an...
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    There's no backdating of PIP for transfers from...

    There's no backdating of PIP for transfers from DLA. Backdating only applies to new claims.
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    They may well reassess in the light of a...

    They may well reassess in the light of a worsening condition, yes.
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    I disagree. One of the conditions of receiving...

    I disagree. One of the conditions of receiving PIP is that any changes must be reported when they occur. Additionally, as your condition has worsened, you may be entitled to MORE help and waiting...
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    Benefits freeze ending

    Just announced - cynic in me says this is all about the election:
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-50278634
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    Well done on making the call - let's hope they...

    Well done on making the call - let's hope they soon explain what they're doing.
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    Roughly 12 months before the end date

    Roughly 12 months before the end date
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    If you're in a Capita area home assessments are...

    If you're in a Capita area home assessments are pretty much the norm as they don't have many assessment centres. The assessor will ask questions related to the PIP activities and may do some physical...
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    From a quick look on their website, it does say...

    From a quick look on their website, it does say you MAY be asked to provide proof of eligibility. Picking some at random for checking is quite a common practice so given the way all the details look...
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    If you don't attend and they close the claim you...

    If you don't attend and they close the claim you could ask for MR of the decision to close the claim and would have to provide good reason for not attending and for not calling to cancel at the time....
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    Send the forms back as requested by DWP and let...

    Send the forms back as requested by DWP and let them sort that out as there's been a mistake there of some kind. As regards your ESA, it won't stop and can't stop until an assessment is done that...
  14. Every PIP assessment is done on its own so the...

    Every PIP assessment is done on its own so the result will depend on what the assessor writes in their report and what the decision maker decides based on that report. It's possible for anyone to...
  15. I think you're correct that you wouldclaim New...

    I think you're correct that you wouldclaim New Style ESA and retain HB so not need to move to UC, but someone will correct me if I'm in error.

    As far as WTC is concerned, when you close your claim...
  16. You'll need to notify HMRC if you take up...

    You'll need to notify HMRC if you take up self-employment so Tax Credits will find out from them if you don't tell them yourself. I'm not sure whether you must notify them, but IMO it#'s better to be...
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    They're saying you didn't mention significant...

    They're saying you didn't mention significant difficulties with that activity in your PIP questionnaire or during your face to face assessment.
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    Assessors don't see your previous PIP assessment...

    Assessors don't see your previous PIP assessment paperwork. Each new assessment starts with a blank slate - the reasoning being that they are assessing how you are now rather than how you were last...
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    It's the assessment company, ATOS or Capita...

    It's the assessment company, ATOS or Capita depending on where you are. Though I think also that DWP can insist they do one if they want to.
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    Hard to say for sure, but usually there will be...

    Hard to say for sure, but usually there will be an assessment. I also have schizophrenia and have had to have a face to face both times so far for PIP.
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    ESA letters usually don't give any length of...

    ESA letters usually don't give any length of award or end date because it's open-ended and stays in payment until another assessment is done. There will be what they call a prognosis date on file...
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    I reported it too :(

    I reported it too :(
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    ESA has no end date. There is a prognosis date,...

    ESA has no end date. There is a prognosis date, which is when they expect to reassess, but if they don't reassess at that time ESA continues until they DO reassess you.
  24. To claim SDP you must be living alone and no-one...

    To claim SDP you must be living alone and no-one must be claiming Carer's Allowance for looking after you so can you confirm that both those are true in your case?
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    Ask your GP for a letter stating that you cannot...

    Ask your GP for a letter stating that you cannot attend an assessment centre due to your conditions and requesting a home visit for your assessment. Get that to them with a covering letter as soon as...
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