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Can you Do It Again?

August 12, 2016

[We’re all friends here, so I hope everyone can agree that Monday is “almost Friday”. Otherwise, sorry to be tardy, just waiting for DWP to provide a final twist, which they have now done.
The following  letter summarises this latest DWP driven adventure]:

Mandatory reassessment letter

This letter, accompanied by appropriate paperwork (mostly courtesy of the GP service and the NHS generally)  appears to have done the trick, so may prove a useful model for others in a similar situation. I have received confirmation by phone, a generous repayment and, just today, written confirmation, which states,
“the Department for Work and Pensions have advised that your Employment and Support Allowance remains in payment.”

Keeping phone contact seems to’ve speeded up the process, so it’s all good,  but for two little twists.

ESA payments depend on keeping the doctor’s ‘sick note’ up to date; it’s generally valid for about a month, but -although one can work for 16 hours in a week without bothering the DWP – my agency, who did offer a day’s work today, must insist on seeing a ‘fit note’ from the Doctor. It’s just a case of ticking the opposing box, but it seems unfair to have sick notes and fit notes running simultaneously!

Also, while using the phone at the job centre to ring the DWP for confirmation of my ‘back on ESA’ status, it was suggested that yes, my ESA is restored, but I may now be asked to join a Work Related Activity Group!  Sounds like a rag and probably is one, but you never know, so I shall await further post with interest and trepidation. It may mean as little tedium as meeting a ‘Work Coach’ (a specimen of whom I met at the Job Centre today – an overgrown schoolboy, too up himself to make eye contact) for an interview, but still, it’s an imposition and a potential excuse for further attempts to sanction. Roll on September!

Hopefully, I can return to more poetic subjects soon, perhaps by almost this Friday.

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