I've been placed in the work-related activity group of ESA, is this right and can I appeal?

The ESA work-related activity group is for claimants the DWP (Department for Work and Pensions) think should be able to return to work at some point in the future.

It may be correct to place you in the work-related activity group of ESA according to the DWP's rules for their assessments and the outcome of your particular assessment.

The DWP does not automatically place blind or partially sighted people in the support group; however, if you have a number of disabilities or are deafblind then this makes it more likely that the DWP will place you in the support group.

You can certainly challenge the DWP's decision if you are unhappy with it or feel that it is unfair. There are three steps to this. You will need to:

  1. Ask the DWP to explain their decision.
  2. Ask the DWP for a mandatory reconsideration of their decision.
  3. Apply for an appeal.

You should challenge the decision as soon as possible if you are not happy, and you must normally ask for a mandatory reconsideration within one month of the DWP's decision.

Find out more about appealing a benefits decision.

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