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    Esa reassessment today

    So I had my reassessment today, and I really don't know what to think about it, I've never had one like it before, Im so used to being interrogated by them, that this has completely shook me, I was in there for about 25 mins and I asked a few questions about my mental health, looked at my medication and that was it, no mention of any of my other health conditions, she spent most of the time typing, even my dad who came in with me was shocked, because he has been at every other assessment with me and seen how they throw questions at me left, right and center, I'm currently in wrag, and the way I'm feeling about today is that I'm going to be found fit for work.

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    Not necessarily, you can't realy judge from how the assessment went.

    Often a quick, easy, assessment means it wasn't really needed. (But they have to keep the assessors busy or the DWP won't pay them).

    One thing that I have noticed happen over the years is that those who are reassessed multiple time get to know what the assessors/DWP are looking for, what works and what doesn't.

    So you get better at writing your ESA50, and supplying relevent evidence, in a way that makes it easier for the assessor to find in your favour and so makes the assessment itself easier on you.
    You may not even realise that you are doing this. (But if you compare your first ESA50 with your last one you'll probably see the differences).

    I've had tortuous ESA assessments in the past, but my last one was a doddle like yours.
    That only lasted about 20 mins, basically just confirmed what I'd put on the ESA50. (Because it was months between doing the ESA50 and the assessment itself, and all the evidence I provided was over 2 years old by then).
    I was awarded WRAG again without any problems.

    So until the DWP decision letter comes you can't tell one way or the other.
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    Nukecad you have a good point there, I've struggled filling the forms in over the years, so this time my mom and dad helped me, and dad filled it in for me, so it was explained alot better than I ever do, this time I had no additional evidence to send in with it, because nothing has changed and my evidence was well over two years old. I did manage to get a letter of support off my Dr and did take that along with me to the assessment, but she refused an upcoming hospital appointment letter, I'm just trying to relax now, what's done is done, and as you say until the decision letter comes I can't tell one way or the other.

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    Yes they ignore all appointment letters, they are assessing you at that time not what might be happening in future.

    BTW It doesn't matter if the only evidence you have is over 2 years old, as long as it's still relevant.

    There is nothing in law that says you can't send/use older medical evidence.
    Saying that they don't want anything over 2 years old is just their way of trying to put you off sending them old stuff if you have newer stuff.
    If you send older evidence they still have to consider if it's still relevant, but maybe not give it as much weight as any newer stuff.
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    Some of my medical evidence, is about 16-17 years old, and I know that I sent it all when I first went on esa about 8 years ago, but I've never bothered since, and the mental health service I've used throughout the years, won't help me when it comes to evidence, one more question when will I be able to get a copy of the assessment report I think its the ESA85 I need to ask for?

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    You should give them about a week then ask the DWP for a copy of your ESA85.

    They may not release it to you then, they sometimes send them back for rework if they are not deemed 'up to standard'.

    Most people wait until after they get their decision and then request the ESA85 and the LT54 Decision Makers report together.
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    Thank you Nukecad, I think based on that, I'll wait until I've got the decision, fingers crossed it won't be a long wait.

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    10 weeks ago i had my ESA reassessment...still have not got the outcome of the assessment...it's stressing me out really bad...is this 10 week wait normal please?

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    10 weeks is a long time for a decision.

    It could be that they have sent the assessors report back for rework, or the DM may have requested more evidence from you GP/specialist?
    Or maybe they have made a decision and you haven't received a letter about it?

    I'd give them a ring and ask what's happening.
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    I really hope I don't have to wait that long jw68, mine was one week ago and the waiting has my anxiety going through the roof already, have you rung them like nukecad has suggested, obviously if your able to, I know my last review back in 2017 was a 10 week wait for the decision, and that was bad enough for me then, so as I say I'm hoping it doesn't happen again, because my mental health stops me from being able to call them.

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