Jan 072015

Hannah a research student at LSE is carrying out research which doesn’t seem to be done by anyone else on how people are managing being left without money if they have asked for a Mandatory Reconsideration of an ESA decision. We think having more information about this process is vital but of course the government aren’t bothering to monitor the impact.

If you or anyone you know can help with this research, or if you have avoided asking for a Mandatory reconsideration because you wouldn’t have managed to be left without any form of income please contact Hannah directly.


Have you applied for ESA? Are you going through the Mandatory Reconsideration process? I am conducting a piece of research about individual’s experiences whilst they wait for their MR decision.

If you are interested in helping please contact Hannah: h.j.chetwynd@lse.ac.uk



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  6 Responses to “Urgent help needed with important research into Mandatory Reconsiderations”

  1. I asked for a reconsideration after having an examination to move from incapacity to ESA in December and had the points that they awarded me taken away.

  2. It is possible to request a Mandatory Reconsideration while claiming JSA after ESA ends after a failed medical. So there’s not necessarily a need for anyone to be left without money (and therefore, no reason not to ask for an MR out of worry regarding lack of funds)

    • you can in theory claim JSA while asking for a reconsideration but by doing so you are saying that you are fit for work which may have an adverse effect on the outcome of the reconsideration of your ESA claim. Really a Catch 22 situation.

  3. I am currently in an appeals process after my mandatory reconsideration was completed on the 11/11/14, this was ongoing since the 23/10/14, I am still in an appeals process and just received my appeals pack, I went without any ESA for 2 Months and without housing benefit for 1 month, so for 1 month I had nothing to live on, I am lucky to have understanding friends and family to support me, but I would not imagine what I would of done had I not had that support. My doctor protested to the decision of Atos (with a lot of persuasion) and they paid me in December the full amount dating from 23/10/14, as I had doctors notes covering me for the time they had not paid me, and I had sent those in, and I had and still am following all thier rules.

    If you have any more questions please feel free to contact me. (I have provided a useful link to those seeking help that are in the appeals process)

  4. I have just asked for a mandatory reconsideration but for DLA. Is that any help? I would be pleased to assist any research into any aspect of the benefits system as it now is.

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