Jun 072016
 

An important survey on the experiences of applying for ESA to complete the survey go to: https://leeds.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/experiences-of-applying-for-esa

We have copied the first page here for more information

I am a PhD student at the University of Leeds who has personal experience of applying for Employment and Support Allowance and attending a Work Capability Assessment.

My research is looking at changes over time in the way the government defines ‘disability’ for the purposes of employment-related disability benefits, its relation to the economy, and how this definition compares with disabled people’s lived experiences.

As part of this research I am gathering people’s experiences of applying for Employment and Support Allowance and in particular the Work Capability Assessment and how well they feel this reflects and understands their lives.

If you have ever applied for Employment and Support Allowance (including if you are not currently recieving it) I would be very grateful if you could complete this short survey. All answers are confidential and anonymous. No information will be shared with any other individual or organsiation and when writing up my research I will ensure that no respondants can be identified. None of the questions are compulsory and you can save the survey to complete at a later time at any point.

I would really appreciate it if you could help with this research. Having been through the process of applying for ESA myself, I know it can be distressing to recall the experience so if at any point you are finding it very difficult to continue please don’t.

If you have any further questions please contact me at: ss10rm@leeds.ac.uk

Thank you very much for your time.

Survey link: https://leeds.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/experiences-of-applying-for-esa

 

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  4 Responses to “Experiences of Applying for ESA?”

  1. Hell , old school IB SDP long term major health issues since 90s when last Torys put me on it Atos started hassling me 2012 18 months bullying ignored #Drs letters numerous, got home visit she ran out after min treated me like shit as asked her GMC number.

    She lied i lost all

    After that sorted due to mp and dr only mental health worsened they got new sick note for life still ignored given 260 not 350 on support group after 12 months same sick waltz starts again same ignoring same bullying threats,, AFTER 12 months. Now after that and MP getting on side big time now again alleged 2 years. Fact is no security this Gov with new IDS Twigg wont stop until people like me dead, in jail or suicides. That is agenda after admitting under payment from ESA refused to back date say cant now? As i have been long term sick i feel top of the “Gov hit list” it has been hell. I have proof of all i say and copies of phone calls that you wouldnt believe. I feel if this Junta not ousted soon. Only going to get worse.

  2. I am in the support group. I was awarded my ESA in April 2014 with no mention of length of award. In Dec 2015, I was sent a new questionnaire as apparently my award was only 2 years, I had to have it back by 15th Jan. As I was particularly bad at that time, I asked for an extension which they refused. As of today, I have heard nothing from them!

  3. Hi,
    I am a former tutor at the University of Bolton. Unfortunately I lost my job due to ill health. My personal experience of applying for Employment and Support Allowance and attending a Work Capability Assessment are interesting to say the least. Firstly, the ESA application form is certainly not user friendly, nor was the initial phone call conversation to actually claim ESA from the DWP. I got the real sense that the process was being made deliberately difficult – possibly to put me off making a claim that I was lawfully entitled to.

    As for the WCA, the location for it was made 20 miles from my home address and I should be there at the assessment centre for 9am sharp. Interestingly, there is a local ESA assessment centre in my town, but ATOS said they would decide where my assessment will be and at the date/time they advised. Actually they never advised me that I could ask for a home visit instead. Because I was too ill to drive at the time I actually organised a taxi to take me to the assessment centre which ATOS said they would agree to pay for. However, to claim this money back took over 3 months and only happened because I said I would make a formal complaint against them. Again it seemed to me that they were making the process as difficult as possible.

    At the WCA assessment the ATOS representative made no efforts to read my medical evidence nor asked me to discuss my issues to gain any real insight into my health condition and the impact it has on my day to day life. What occurred was a series of ‘one size fits all’ questions. I remember at the end of the assessment I had a massive panic attack and went to A&E for urgent medical support. I know this is subjective, but my experience of the ESA process is similar to many other claimants. People who claim ESA are being bullied and short changed because the system allows it to occur. The checks and balances are all in the government and private ESA assessors favour. Above all else, however, the stress of going through the ESA system made my health condition much worse.

  4. Very good for you! Keep it up.

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