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« on: October 19, 2017, 10:56:08 AM »

Hi,   just wanted to know if people think a support letter 4 years old is any use to send with the ESA form.?    The hospitals will not provide support letters anymore and all I could maybe do is ask the Dr is she will change the date on it.  My gp is writing a letter for me but that's about all I have now, along with family letters.

 I no longer see the hospital doctors as I've tried everything they  have offered but its been no help. I am attending the pain clinic for a different pain condition now but I'm not sure that's relevant for this.  This is my first ESA form and I've been waiting years for it and now its here the panic has begun 10 fold.

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« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2017, 11:32:29 AM »

Hi again,  I've just had a call from my gp to say my support letter will cost me £25.  He didn't mention this during my appointment and it seems really expensive.  I don't know what to do know and does it count against me with the DWP is I find the money to pay for it?
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« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2017, 11:51:38 AM »

Sorry for all the questions but on the form its states DONT ask  or pay for new information.   I recently when to a pain clinic for a different pain condition but we discussed my m.e. and fibro during my appt but his letter to my gp just says I'm mostly bedbound in the day and not much else that's helpful.  If I ask him for a letter with more detail (thats if he will do it), is that a bad thing to do and classed as asking for new information?

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« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2017, 03:31:10 PM »

If you can, I would get an up to date letter from your GP and ensure it is supportive of what you put on your form x
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« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2017, 04:23:31 PM »

Thanks neptuno.   Will it count against me as I think it will be dated.   I've not seen the gp letter and have yet to pay for it.  What does it need to say to be supportive as I can't afford to waste money on a bad letter?
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« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2017, 05:02:53 PM »

Hi again,  does anyone know how to shrink the print type in the small boxes on the form so you can fit more info in them?
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« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2017, 06:49:17 PM »

I wouldn’t try......just put see extra page number ** and put as much detail as you need to. I feel the boxes limit you. Make sure every page has your name and not insurance number on it ...I would also number your extra pages 1of 9, 2of 9 etc
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« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2017, 07:45:16 PM »

Actually it's not possible to shrink the text any more (you used to be able to a few years ago).

You can use the space at the back of the ESA form first (it is labelled to do so) before you move onto the extra sheets (pg 22 Other information).
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