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TOPIC: Mandatory WFI or me, but Wife is in Support Group.

Mandatory WFI or me, but Wife is in Support Group. 5 months 2 weeks ago #188718

Hello There......First time in here, so may make mistakes, please be patient.......

My Wife has had a letter from the Job Centre Plus recently, for me ( Her Husband ) to attend a W.F.I. which is Mandatory ( I checked with J.C.+) although she is in the Support Group, but she has been asked to sign a consent letter, so they can " use information about her benefit claim "

Has anyone else had this before, and what are the J.C + likely to ask me, surely they are not going to put me in the WRAG, as I spent a LOT of time caring ( unpaid ) fro my Wife.......

Any advice please....Thanks.....

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Mandatory WFI or me, but Wife is in Support Group. 5 months 2 weeks ago #188731

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It is perfectly normal for a partner to be invited to attend a WFI.

They will ask yo if there is any help that they can give for you to work or if you are working, to increase your hours.

They cannot require you to work (or increase your hours), nor can they require you to do any other activity to help you into work.

The interview usually lasts about 10 minutes and you will leave feeling it was a total waste of time.

They are usually done every three years.

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Mandatory WFI or me, but Wife is in Support Group. 5 months 2 weeks ago #188796

Thank You Gordon, thats a big relief to me, as I thought I was going to be put in a WRAG, and unable to look after my Wife as much. It was also strange that that letter from the JC+ came a few Days after my Wife had her decision letter through for P.I.P. in which she was awarded standard rate of mobility, BUT denied the daily living needs, which is a shock to us, as she recieved the Higher rate of Mobility, and the lower rate of care with her D.L.A. So a BIG drop in income for us now, we are propbably going to ask for a MR, but have requested a copy of the Health Assessors report first, to see what made the Decision maker based her findings on.....Thank You for your help......

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Mandatory WFI or me, but Wife is in Support Group. 5 months 1 week ago #188833

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Just make sure that your request for an MR is with the DWP before the end of the one month from the date of the Decision, even if you have to send it without the report.

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Mandatory WFI or me, but Wife is in Support Group. 5 months 1 week ago #188859

Thank You once again Gordon.......I've actually been reading a lot on here over the weekend, and the information is absolutely brilliant, so much involved in applying for a M.R. by the look of , and I'm probably going to see if I can get a LOT of medical letters / reports from my Wife's Consultants and Doctors to submit, which won't be easy, as she has MANY ongoing problems. I was hoping the report that I requested would have been here by now, so I can start the whole process off.......BTW do I need to put it in writing for a M.R...or just phone the DWP and they send out a M.R. form to fill in, and that starts everything off , within a Month.....Thank You.......

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Mandatory WFI or me, but Wife is in Support Group. 5 months 1 week ago #188901

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We recommend making the request in writing as we regularly hear of phone request being lost in the system, have a look at our PIP MR & Appeal guide for details of the process, the PIP area also has template letters that you can use to make the request with.

www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/help-for-claimants/pip

You should contact the DWP for a copy of the assessment report if you have not already done so, I would phone them but again follow up the request in writing. Once you have the assessment report you will have a better understanding of how the DWP Decision Maker has come to their conclusions and will then be able to argue against them.

Your primary task is to show that you meet the criteria, there are many reasons you may have failed, you need to address each of these but don't get bogged down in criticising the assessment report unless you can clearly show that it is incorrect, it is a lot easier to argue the facts of the situation;

"the assessor recorded that I walked 50m, I did but they have failed to document that I had to stop every 10m for a rest due to breathlessness"

than their opinions

"based on my observations of the claimant walking I believe that they can reliably walk more than 200m.

When you have a better idea of the issues with your claim, come back to the forum and we will do our best to help.

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