Housing Systems: Combating poverty and sustaining tenancies.

New-Style ESA: Challenging Decisions
There are different types of New-Style ESA decisions that the claimant can challenge, for example:

  • A decision that they are fit for work and are therefore not entitled to ESA.
  • A decision that they are in the Work Related Activity Group, not the Support Group.
  • A decision that they do not have good cause for not returning, or missing the deadline for returning, the medical questionnaire (ESA50 form) or for failing to attend a medical examination and so they have been treated as fit for work and not entitled to ESA.
  • The application of a sanction or the period a sanction is applied for.

Click on the links below for more information.


If the claimant wins their challenge...

  • They may be due some back pay. 
  • If they are owed a large amount, this could be paid in instalments if it is in the interests of the claimant and the claimant agrees - more info here.


How to Challenge

 Information about the process here.

Found Fit For Work

Information here on what to do if found fit.

Failure to Return/Attend

 What to do if not sent ESA50 or missed medical.

WRAG vs Support

Advice for those not happy about being put in the Work Related Activity Group.

Income whilst Challenging

What can be claimed? Depends on the situation!