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TOPIC: Helping you prepare for work in the future

Helping you prepare for work in the future 1 month 1 week ago #195359

I received a letter saying "Helping you prepare for work in the future You must come and meet your work coach...even if you aren't able to return to work straight away." dated 1st August. I was away. I have not received any letter of decision what so ever. When I attended the medical interview the man said I had said I had significantly declined in health. I phoned up the DWP and they said I was switched from the support group to the work related group but still unfit for work.
What are my rights re this interview?
If I'm unwell can I postphone?
What questions do they ask?
How is the best way to handle this interview? I've supplied many documentations by different doctors/specialists at the interview which they did not retain but copied off info from them
I dont have any goals or aims to name or discuss - been trying to recover for past 20 years doing various courses of physio with no success, osteopaths, etc etc

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Helping you prepare for work in the future 1 month 1 week ago #195395

Pearl

The first thing to be aware of is that your advisor from the JC+ will have no access to the medical information held on your computer record, so I would recommend that you contact them to make them aware of your limitations.

It may be possible for the interview to be held over the phone or deferred but you need to cautious, if an activity is described as being mandatory, this needs to be in writing, then your ESA can be sanctioned if you fail to participate. There is a guide to avoiding sanctions in the ESA section.

As to what they will ask, the first interview will be about you health and what you might reasonably be asked to do, subsequent meetings will be about you doing those activities.

Gordon

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