If you are going through the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) process there are various letters, forms and leaflets that you might receive, depending on how your case progresses through the process. This series of blogs explains what these are, and why you would receive them.
The first things that most people will receive when the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) start the WCA process is the questionnaire pack. This is sent out when the DWP send a referral to Atos after you have made a new Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claim, the DWP set claim review date is approaching, or if you are currently receiving Incapacity Benefit (IB) and are due to be reassessed for ESA.
The pack will contain 3 things, the Limited capability for work questionnaire (the ESA50), a covering letter (also known as the ESA51) explaining what to do and when the questionnaire needs to be returned by and a prepaid envelope to return the questionnaire in.
You can find more information about completing the questionnaire here on our blog. The DWP have also made a version available on their website that you can complete electronically and print off to send in if it is better for you.
The Reminder Letter
If after about 3 weeks you haven’t returned the questionnaire you will receive a letter (the ESA53) reminding you that you need to complete and return the questionnaire. Don’t worry if you sent the questionnaire back in the previous 2 or 3 days, they will have just crossed in the post.