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    Assessments targeting older people ?

    Hi everyone, Ive been going through the assessment process for 9 years, its been absolute hell and has had a huge affect on my life. At the age of 64 and with multiple long term health problems, some of them serious, I honestly thought it would be over but they have different ideas.

    I'm being assessed again and nothing in this rotten system has improved or changed, in fact, it seems to be worse. I sent in a mountain of evidence with my ESA50, Doctors and Specialists statements, scans, reports, letters of support and pages of details about my illnesses. They ignored everything even though Ive been in support group for 3 years and nothing has improved with my health.

    I'm not suitable to attend an assessment, I stated that and provided a Docotrs letter in support of that, they ignored it and gave me an appointment to attend in one weeks time !

    I rang them (Capita) and asked why but got no answer, they gave me one months extension to get another letter from my Doctor to support a home visit (which they already have) but it takes longer than a month to get a letter (which they know).

    I'm an absolute wreck, most of my problems are physical but I also suffer from anxiety and agoraphobia. I dont know how I'm going to get through this nightmare again.

    But this is much more important than just me, I believe their now targeting older people to remove them from benefits before retirement age. From what I've read you cant re-apply for certain benefits after retirement age but I'm not sure exactly how it works, I hope someone here can explain exactly how we stand with this.

    On another note, I've just seen that Eshter McVey is running for Prime Minister.......God help us all !

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    Sorry you're having a hard time It's PIP and DLA that can't be applied for post-retirement. ESA ends when you reach State pension age and is replaced by your State pension.

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    Thank you good news about PIP for me, I'm still not clear about what benefits I will receive after pension age, will the state pension include disability payments ? or just state pension ? will my support group status come to an end ?

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    You can phone and request a state pension forecast .You can claim pension credit if you are eligible ,but if you have a partner younger than you they are the ones that will have to make a claim for pension credit when they reach pension age ,as the law changed on 15th May.

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    Ok so if I read this right pension credit is a top up for low income which anyone can apply for at retirement age but isn't related to disability. So my support group status ends and I receive no extra help for being disabled ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyte View Post
    I'm not suitable to attend an assessment, I stated that and provided a Docotrs letter in support of that, they ignored it and gave me an appointment to attend in one weeks time
    That is the standard practice/process for some daft reason.

    If you read the ESA50 it says in the notes about face to face assessments that if you want a home assessment then you have to ask and provide evidence after they have sent you an appointment.
    You must let the Health Assessment Advisory Service know as soon as you get your appointment letter
    if you need:
    • a home visit. You will be asked for information from your medical professional to explain why you are
      not able to travel to an assessment centre
    With ESA once they decide you need a F2F then they won't even look at doing a home assessment unless you contact then after you get your appointment, it's just not part of their process.

    Quote Originally Posted by flyte View Post
    So my support group status ends and I receive no extra help for being disabled ?
    ESA ends at retirement age, it's a 'Working Age' benefit.

    Your PIP will continue to be paid after retirement as long as you still qualify.
    (And they will be stopping 'regular' PIP reassessments for those over retirement age, which we think means only every 10 years unless you notify a change of circumstances).
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    Sorry to hear about this Flyte - I'm in a similar situation, but a few years younger. The system makes you more ill with all the worry about it doesn't it?

    @Nukecad - With the loss of ESA, I'll also lose the SDP payment - will that be made up with my pension after retirement or will I be almost £70.00 a week worse off? If that's the case I won't be able to afford to pay my rent any longer . . .

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    Interesting one.

    Yes you will lose the SDP with ESA -BUT:

    As a pensioner you will be able to claim Housing Benefit (not UC that's also working age).
    And SDP can be paid with HB if it's not being paid with anything else.
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    Thank you nukecad, something to remember for the future as I doubt my local Council will inform me !

    @ Sky.....yes its a terrible ordeal, I dont think anyone comes out of this unharmed, it's changed a lot in my life, mostly for the worse though it has made me more determined not to give in to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nukecad View Post
    And SDP can be paid with HB if it's not being paid with anything else.
    Thank you - that's made my day. I really thought I would be losing it.

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