Ask CPAG Online - Have you failed to submit a medical certificate?
Have you failed to submit a medical certificate?
You must normally submit a medical certificate (known as a fit note) when you claim ESA1. You are entitled to a fit note from your GP free of charge. If you fail to submit a fit note or the DWP have not received or have lost it, you will not be paid ESA.
If this happens, you may able to get a new, duplicate, or backdated fit note from your GP. The DWP may agree to continue with your claim if you provide a missing fit note. A claim for ESA can also be backdated for up to 3 months with a backdated fit note.