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TOPIC: Forced to "work related activity group"

Forced to "work related activity group" 6 years 10 months ago #14936

  • Vita
I will have been on ESA (Employment Support Allowance) for 20 weeks by the end of the month. I am still receiving the assessment rate and yet I have already had one job centre interview under the "work related activity" group without being given a chance to be assessed for the support group.

The questionnaire came late December (after I had been on ESA for over 13 weeks and after my first "work related" "job focused" interview).

I was due to have my second interview yesterday but I was too ill to make it due to my condition. I asked them not to make telephone contact as I was not well enough and they ignored this insisting on making the call, threatening loss of benefits. Of course, I was unable to cope with the call and it was a waste of everyone's time and affected me badly, adding to my distress. The nature of my condition means I am unable to cope with these interviews and I will be arguing I should be in the support group - and yet they've already set a ball rolling down the work related activity group.

This seems unfair. I have the assessment questionnaire to fill in with a deadline of beginning of Feb and yet the monthly interviews are rumbling on. Can I appeal against them doing these interviews before a decision is made about which group i go in? Have you any other useful advice?
Last Edit: 6 years 9 months ago by Steve Donnison.
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Re:Forced to 6 years 10 months ago #14947

Vita
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I will have been on ESA (Employment Support Allowance) for 20 weeks by the end of the month. I am still receiving the assessment rate and yet I have already had one job centre interview under the "work related activity" group without being given a chance to be assessed for the support group.

The questionnaire came late December (after I had been on ESA for over 13 weeks and after my first "work related" "job focused" interview).

I was due to have my second interview yesterday but I was too ill to make it due to my condition. I asked them not to make telephone contact as I was not well enough and they ignored this insisting on making the call, threatening loss of benefits. Of course, I was unable to cope with the call and it was a waste of everyone's time and affected me badly, adding to my distress. The nature of my condition means I am unable to cope with these interviews and I will be arguing I should be in the support group - and yet they've already set a ball rolling down the work related activity group.

This seems unfair. I have the assessment questionnaire to fill in with a deadline of beginning of Feb and yet the monthly interviews are rumbling on. Can I appeal against them doing these interviews before a decision is made about which group i go in? Have you any other useful advice?


Hi,

Re the Work Focussed Interviews, you can ask the Job Centre to defer them if you believe you will be put into the support group, however it is upto them to agree to this deferment.

The target time on the Assessment Phase should be 13 weeks. Sadly we are hearing this seems to be getting missed more amd more. It could be worth making a formal complaint to your MP about the delay. The more people who kick up a fuss will highlight just how much the current system cannot cope within the timescales.

Incidentally there is a very useful guide to making ESA claims in the members area and also if you searh recent posts on this forum you will see you are not alone in still awaiting your WCA after the 13 week threshold.

Regards

Pete
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Last Edit: 6 years 9 months ago by Steve Donnison.
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Re:Forced to 6 years 10 months ago #14956

  • Vita
Thanks for your reply Pete.

Eventually, I was given the address details of the DMs (decision-makers) by the DWP telephone line and advised to explain that the process was causing me extreme distress.
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