It has been very difficult to find out what is really happening regarding people being called for a Work Capability Assessment who may not have submitted an ESA50 form. This is a form that you fill in and is sent to you after the first initial phone contact to apply for Employment Support Allowance. The issuing of the ESA50 form is automated and systematic in almost all cases. But we are hearing of people going to assessments who haven’t filled out this form or received it, also from people that filled out the form 1-2 years before their assessment.
We would like to ask people in this situation to contact us. What we are specifically interested in, is to know whether Employment Support Allowance claimants had ever submitted an ESA50 form, at any time before being asked to attend a Work Capability Assessment, even if it was as far as 2 years ago.
In your response, could you specify whether you are claiming Employment Support Allowance for the first time or whether it is a reassessment? And whether you have ever submitted an ESA50 form at any time? And please could you be as precise as you can regarding the dates.
Thank you for you time.